Tuesday, November 28, 2006

When Harlem Nearly Killed King: Hugh Pearson (Seven Stories Press, 2004) In this interesting, fact-jammed piece of historical journalism Pearson (Shadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America) traces the lives of various people, famous and forgotten, at a crucial instance in the fight against racism. He shows how various elements political, philosophical, medical, and social brush against one another on one bloody, fateful day, September 20th, 1958 when nothing less than the future of the Civil Rights struggle lay on the operating table at Harlem Hospital.


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