Friday, January 16, 2015

John Malveaux: Tavis Smiley Discusses 'Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year' in Book Tour and in C-SPAN Interview

Tavis Smiley discusses book at 
Baldwin Hills Plaza in Los Angeles,  
January 15, 2015

Cynthia Exum & John Malveaux

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Author and Leimert Park Village Book Festival founder and producer Cynthia Exum shares a picture with John Malveaux following talk by Tavis Smiley highlighting his new book Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year at Baldwin Hills Plaza in Los Angeles  January 15, 2015, the actual birthday of Dr. King. See photos

The NAACP, Roy Wilkins, Thurgood Marshall, Whitney Young, Ralph Bunche, the media, the White House, Black churches, and many more turned against King during his last. King could not get his book publisher and died broke. See Tavis discuss his book  

John Malveaux

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley brings us a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.
"A poignant account of King's final struggle. An eloquent, emotional journey from darkness to light." —Kirkus Reviews

"Tavis Smiley has captured not only the spirit of the movement, but the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his last days." —Andrew Young, Ambassador & former Atlanta mayor

"Meticulously researched…a powerful tribute." –Publishers Weekly

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations—denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few—all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.
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