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Martin and Malcolm and America: A Dream or a Nightmare.

Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare by James H. Cone; Orbis Books, Maryknoll, N.Y., $22.95

Simple and direct. That's the phrase this book brings to mind. As Cone, a black liberation theologian, explores the formative influences and experiences, the philosophies and the strengths and weaknesses of King and Malcolm X. He offers intriguing portraits of these two giants.

At the same time, he sheds light on the history of the resistance strategies of integrationism and nationalism. The beauty of the book is that it's a labor of love, not a mere intellectual exercise.

It is also an impassioned plea that readers focus not on Martin and Malcolm's differences but on the ties that bind and build on both their legacies. It is Cone's contention that "together Martin, a Christian integrationist, and Malcolm, a Muslim nationalist, would have been a powerful force against racial injustice." His support of this thesis may well bring you to tears over thoughts of what might have been saved from the assassins' bullets.
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Author:Bolden, Tonya
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1992
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