The three mothers : how the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin shaped a nation / Anna Malaika Tubbs.
by
 
Tubbs, Anna Malaika author

Title
The three mothers : how the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin shaped a nation / Anna Malaika Tubbs.

Personal Author
Tubbs, Anna Malaika author

Edition
First edition.

Publication
New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2021.

Copyright

Publication Date
2021

ISBN
9781250756121

Bibliography Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-251) and index.

Contents
Introduction -- Part I: The circumstances of our birth -- Part II: The denial of our existence -- Part III: Our men and marriages -- Part IV: The birth of our children -- Part V: Our trials, tribulations, and tragedies -- Part VI: Loving our sons -- Part VII: Losing our sons -- Part VIII: The circumstances of our death -- Conclusion: Our lives will not be erased.

Abstract
"In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning--from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America's racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families' safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers. These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue"-- Provided by publisher.

Content Type
text

Carrier Type
volume

Geographic Term
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.

Genre
Biographies.

Language
English

Subject
African American mothers -- Biography.
 
African American families -- Biography.
 
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
 
Racism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
 
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
 
Biographies.
 
King, Alberta Williams, 1904-1974.
 
Little, Louise Langdon, 1897-1989.
 
Baldwin, Emma Berdis Jones, -1999.
 
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 -- Family.
 
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 -- Family.
 
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987 -- Family.


LibraryCall NumberFormatStatus
CLPL-Columbus Lowndes Public Library306.874 TUB 2021BookNonfiction Collection
FRL-M. R. Dye (Horn Lake) Public Library306.874 TUBBookNonfiction Collection
FRL-Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library306.874 TUBBookNonfiction Collection
FRL-B. J. Chain (Olive Branch) Public Library306.874 TUBBookNonfiction Collection
HCC-Jackson Academic & Technical Center LibraryE185.96 .T83 2021BookCirculating Collection
MMRLS-Attala County Library306. 8743 TUBBS ABookAfrican Amercian Fiction
MMRLS-Walnut Grove Public Library306. 8743 TUBBS ABookAfrican Amercian Fiction
MMRLS-Winston County Library306. 8743 TUBBS ABookAfrican Amercian Fiction
OKT-Starkville Public Library306.874 TUBBookNonfiction Collection