And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

An Autobiography
By Ralph Abernathy

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

672 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781569762790

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Chicago Review Press (Apr 2010)
Lawrence Hill Books

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Overview

"Colorful details bring alive the history of the civil rights era . . . Abernathy's storytelling is gripping, even moving." —New York Times
The Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy (1926–1990) was Joshua to Martin Luther King’s Moses--his closest friend, at his side during all the battles, and eventually his successor. In 1956, when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, Abernathy enlisted King to join the protest. Together, they led the landmark bus boycott for 381 days. During this opening campaign of the modern civil rights struggle, Abernathy’s house was bombed, his church dynamited. Abernathy and King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which grew out of the boycott. Their nonviolent protests and marches took them all over the South--Selma, Albany, Birmingham--and to Washington and Chicago as well. Together, they were jailed more than forty times. In 1968, King was assassinated; he died in Abernathy’s arms. During that immensely tense period, Abernathy took up the reins of the nonviolent movement. In this book, originally published in 1989, Abernathy not only tells his story, but expounds on the leaders he knew intimately: King, of course, but also Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, and Lyndon Johnson, among others. He reveals the planning that went into the major protests and the negotiations that brought them to a close. And he celebrates the victories that integrated communities, gave economic and political power to the disenfranchised, and brought hope to people who had not dreamed of it.

Reviews

"Colorful details bring alive the history of the civil rights era. . . . Abernathy's storytelling is gripping, even moving." --New York Times

 "An informed journey through three decades of the civil rights movement, by one of its major activists."  —Kirkus Reviews 

"Inspirational and deeply moving . . . at once down-to-earth and eloquent . . . Reading this engrossing, powerful memoir-as-history will force white Americans to confront the legacy of racism."   —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

The Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy (1926–1990) was Martin Luther King’s closest friend, at his side during all the battles, and eventually his successor.