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The Three Mothers

How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

by Anna Malaika Tubbs

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  • Colleen F. (Carrollton, TX)
    The Three Mothers
    I was so excited to get this book. I've always been curious about the mothers of three great men. But where do you start? How do you find the information that you need? I was so eager to dive into this book and I must admit I feel like these three mothers. This book is full of love and compassion for their sons. How they were raised and taught shows the type of love that they received. This book also helps me to understand that no matter what, as a mother we are always teaching our children and trying to have their lives better than ours. We lose sleep and suffer because of the love that we have for them.

    This book shows me that not only were these three mothers exceptional mothers but they didn't get the credit that they deserved. We have to prepare our children for the world. And unfortunately, they had to live to see their sons' deaths.

    This book is beyond amazing and so needed at a time where mothers are hardly given the credit for raising such incredible men. Thank you BookBrowse for giving me the opportunity of this advanced reading book.
  • Shirley L. (Norco, LA)
    Needs More Heart Less Info
    I loved the opening story the author told of the night she discovered that she was to become a black mother to her son. It was heartfelt, relatable, and so human. I only wish that tone had continued throughout the book.

    This book read like a very good, well researched doctoral dissertation. It would make a great supplemental text for a class on race relations or women's studies. I just was disappointed that given its current format it will probably not be read by a more general audience. The readers who could most benefit from learning about these three remarkable women will probably never read this book in its entirety. That saddens me.
  • Melanie B. (Desoto, TX)
    Great Expectations, Average Insight
    I'm glad to have read this book because I learned background on Alberta King, Berdis Baldwin and Louise Little that I didn't previously know, but a good deal of what these mothers contributed to the lives of their sons seems to be what the reader would assume a "good" mother would do and the presumption that only their sons' better traits were shaped by their mothers. I'm still not clear how these women had insights that shaped a nation; however, this book is a good introduction to the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, and Malcolm X.
  • Laurie F. (Brookline, MA)
    Story of three amazing women
    The story behind these three powerful women, activists, mothers was interesting but could have been better written.

    The writing improved as it went along but in the beginning, was a bit scattered as the author went off on historical tangents rather than sticking to the women's lives. Where were the editors?

    Once she focused and delved into the violence, tragedies, and sadness these women endured, I learned so much. Through their personal struggles, they were the power and influence behind three icons of the Civil Rights Movement. Thank you Alberta, Louise, and Berdis.
  • Darrell W. (Hillsboro, OR)
    Celebrating Mothers
    Author Tubbs has given us a readable, thoroughly researched account of the contributions three mothers made in the lives of three very famous Black civil rights leaders. In each case, although very different, the mothers were instrumental in the formative years of their sons. Tubbs shows us how the mothers fought for civil rights, stood tall against oppression, and provided a foundation for the sons' development. This book adds an accessible account to civil rights literature making a strong case for recognizing the overlooked importance of motherhood. On balance I would prefer more of the historical novel approach to writing than an academic thesis.
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