Events & Author Appearances

Letters to Martin
Virtual Event hosted by Busboys and Poets Books Randal Maurice Jelks
Busboys and Poets Books, (map it)
Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 7:00pm

Join author Randall Jelks for a virtual event for his new book, Letters to Martin, hosted by Busboys and Poets Books.

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Letters to Martin
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By Randal Maurice Jelks
Price 26.99


Published Jan 2022

Letters to Martin contains twelve meditations on contemporary history and political struggles for our oxygen-deprived society. Evoking Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," these meditations, written in the form of letters to King, speak specifically to the many public issues we presently confront in the United States—economic inequality, freedom of assembly, police brutality, ongoing social class conflicts, and geopolitics. Award-winning author Randal Maurice Jelks invites readers to reflect on US history by centering on questions of democracy that we must grapple with as a society. Hearkening to the era when James Baldwin, Dorothy Day, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Richard Wright used their writing to address the internal and external conflicts that the United States faced, this book is a contemporary revival of a literary tradition of meditative social analysis. These meditations on democracy provide spiritual oxygen to help readers endure the struggles of rebranding, rebuilding, and reforming our democratic institutions so that we can all breathe.