“Bearing the Cross” by David K Garrow, a Definitive Biography of MLK, A Book Review

Dr. Garrow has been in his distinguished scholarly career a professor of law and history. He won the Pulitzer Prize for this work in 1987.

Dr. Garrow digs deeply into Dr. King’s story. He mentions interaction and events one rarely hears about. The scholar covers the problems MLK had with some of the students he worked with as well as his colleagues. He touches on how Dr. King in a sense backed into this leadership position having just accepted a pastorship in Alabama.

The most stirring part of the biography covers his “dark night of the soul.” At that time the price of this leadership to Dr. King as well as his family hit him squarely. He made the courageous decision to proceed whatever the costs. Dr. King trusted the Lord had given him this mission.

His remarkable ability to negotiate, a gift from God, comes home when he deals in Chicago with Mayor Daly and his committee. The committee was alarmed over the proposed civil rights march.

In essence he told them all the African-Americans really had to use were their own bodies, as, any other form of power was nonexistent for them. He emphasized they just wanted A VOICE.

Garrow gives beautiful voice to this historic figure who accomplished so much in his tragically shortened life. For a deeper understanding of the man and his era I strongly recommend you read this heralded biography.

H. Robert Rubin, memoirist and author of Look Backward Angel, an e-book on Amazon and How Did I Get Through This? to be published on Amazon this year



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