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The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr.
March 23 @ 7:00 pm
To most Americans, Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. The struggle for black freedom is wrought with the same contrasts. While nonviolent direct action is remembered as an unassailable part of American democracy, the movement’s militancy is either vilified or erased outright. In The Sword and the Shield, Peniel E. Joseph upends these misconceptions and reveals a nuanced portrait of two men who despite markedly different family histories, religious affiliations, and class backgrounds, inspired each other throughout their adult lives.
Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and professor of history and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of Antiracism, Democracy and Civil Rights. He has written several previous books on African American history, including The Sword and The Shield and Stokely: A Life. The Sword and the Shield was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2020. He lives in Austin, Texas.