What Would Martin Say? (Paperback)

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“What Would Martin Say? about the pressing issues of our time is a bold question to ask. To presume to know the answer is even bolder. Clarence Jones is one of the few who possesses the moral authority necessary to even attempt such a task. One that he more than accomplishes with a compelling candor and an uncommon grace and dignity.” —Tavis Smiley

If anyone would have insight into Martin's thoughts and opinions, it would be Clarence B. Jones, King's personal lawyer and one of his closest principal advisers and confidants. Removing the mythic distance of forty years' time to reveal the flesh-and-blood man he knew as his friend, Jones ponders what the outspoken civil rights leader would say about the serious issues that bedevil contemporary America: Islamic terrorism and the war in Iraq, reparations for slavery, anti-Semitism, affirmative action, illegal immigration, and the state of African American leadership.



About the Author


Clarence B. Jones was recruited by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1960 and worked with him as his principal adviser. The father of five children, Jones lives in Palo Alto, California, where is a scholar in residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.



Joel Engel is the author or coauthor of more than fifteen books. He is a former journalist for such publications as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Southern California.

Praise For…


“What Would Martin Say? never flinches. . . . A service to King’s legacy, by lifting the layers of oversimplifying myth and legend to reveal a deeper, more complex man.” — Newsweek

“Bold… The notion of acting as a medium for the departed King is provocative, but Jones is a smooth manager of feisty prose. What’s here is a sort of political parlor game and, like a good parlor game, it will make for lively conversation.” — Publishers Weekly

“Jones seeks to ‘translate King for a modern audience.’ A gimmick? Absolutely not. The lengthy responses Jones fashions, each one based on his intimate knowledge of King’s vision, are well thought out and great material for discussion. ” — Booklist

“Clarence B. Jones, Dr. Martin Luther King’s personal attorney and adviser, provides insight into what the slain civil rights leader would say about the state of today’s political affairs. Jones offers provocative views of how King would view racial and religious conflict, illegal immigration, and war.” — Ebony

“Surprising; Provocative and Historically significant! Clarence Jones knew the inside of Dr. King’s life as his lawyer and confidante.” — Juan Williams, author of Enough

“To my mind, Martin Luther King, Jr. is the greatest American we have ever produced. What Would Martin Say? about the pressing issues of our time is a bold question to ask. To presume to know the answer is even bolder. Clarence Jones is one of the few who possesses the moral authority necessary to even attempt such a task. One that he more than accomplishes with a compelling candor and an uncommon grace and dignity.” — Tavis Smiley, Author, Television and Radio Host

“Clarence Jones is a living legend. His life and witness exemplify the vision of his close friend, Martin Luther King, Jr. and his unsettling words to us must be heard!” — Cornel West, Princeton University

“With fervor, honesty and eloquence, Clarence Jones faithfully captures the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the modern day, reminding us that his ideals, his vision and dream are far from realized but that his timeless beliefs can still lead us there.” — Donna Brazile, Political Strategist and Commentator for CNN, ABC News, and NPR

“Keeping the memory of MLK alive is one of the most important missions of our history. Because of his personal relationship and knowledge of the subject, Clarence Jones has written a book every American should read.” — Roger Ailes, Chairman & CEO, FOX News Channel

“One hot potato of a book; thoughtful, controversial, insightful and inciting…but be warned that it’s not one to breeze through in a night. What Would Martin Say? requires thought, reflection and time. Read it and ponder the words of a great man who knew the Great Man.” — Daily Journal/Messenger (Seneca, SC)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061672675
ISBN-10: 006167267X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: December 23rd, 2008
Pages: 256
Language: English