I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King Jr.

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A private citizen who transformed the world around him, Martin Luther King, Jr. was arguably the greatest American who ever lived. Now, after more than thirty years, few people understand how truly radical he was. In this groundbreaking examination of the man and his legacy, provocative author, lecturer, and professor Michael Eric Dyson restores King's true vitality and complexity and challenges us to embrace the very contradictions that make King relevant in today's world.

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Robert Boynton The New York Times Dyson gives us a thoroughly contemporary King, an enigmatic hero whose flaws and failings make him more, not less, relevant to our times.

Jake Lamar The New York Observer Not simply an important book -- it is a necessary one. In prose that is always sharp and engaging, Dyson uses King's life and legacy to take on everything from contemporary conservatism to hip-hop culture...An indispensable contribution to American social criticism.

Paul Rosenberg The Denver Post Masterfully, Dyson...seamlessly combines a passionate exploration of King's battles, values and ideas with a highly nuanced picture of the contexts he struggled in and transformed, then draws parallels and contrasts to our world today. Like King himself, the result speaks to everyone, from ivory tower to hip-hop streets, challenging all of us to move beyond our present limitations.

Michael Fletcher The Washington Post Such is the genius of Dyson. He...flows freely from the profound to the profane, from popular culture to classical literature...Dyson's latest book should only enhance his reputation...The book resurrects a King who bears little resemblance to the sainted -- some say homogenized -- integrationist fixed in the national consciousness.

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"I MAY NOT GET THERE WITH YOU is a brilliant discussion of where we have been, where we are, and where we can hope to go. Only Michael Eric Dyson, a brilliant orator and minister himself, could restore to us the Martin Luther King Jr. we lost. What a blessing!" - IYANLA VANZANT, author of IN THE MEANTIME and YESTERDAY I CRIED

"I MAY NOT GET THERE WITH YOU is an exultant tribute to, and dissection of, the greatest 20th-century American. Martin Luther King lives in Michael Eric Dyson's brilliantly executed free-form sermon/biography/race riff." - JAMES ELLROY, author of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, AMERICAN TABLOID and MY DARK PLACES

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