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Man, martyr, and myth—an American giant in a photobiography of unprecedented scope and depth

King is the first true photobiography of a hero's journey. Never before has his life been so richly chronicled from so many different points of view. A powerful collection of photographic images combined with text by National Book Award-winning writer Charles Johnson detail the pivotal events of King's public life—as well as his family life—in a rich and stirring format. In this book, we...

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Overview

Man, martyr, and myth—an American giant in a photobiography of unprecedented scope and depth

King is the first true photobiography of a hero's journey. Never before has his life been so richly chronicled from so many different points of view. A powerful collection of photographic images combined with text by National Book Award-winning writer Charles Johnson detail the pivotal events of King's public life—as well as his family life—in a rich and stirring format. In this book, we see Martin Luther King, Jr., in all his aspects: as son and student, husband and father, powerful preacher and courageous leader of the civil rights movement, martyr for the cause of racial justice, and finally American icon.

Photographer Bob Adelman and photo editor Robert Phelan have compiled an impressive and comprehensive array of images depicting this great man's life and times. We see King standing before a packed congregation at the Dexter Baptist Church during the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, or in his own backyard playing with his children. In one moment we observe King peering calmly through the bars of the Birmingham jail after one of his arrests; the next, strapping sandals on the feet of his young daughter. There is the tragic scene in Memphis seconds after his assassination, with anguished witnesses pointing in the direction of the gunshots, and the aftermath in Atlanta, a crush of mourners following his horse-drawn casket through the streets. And of course, the indelible image of King speaking the immortal words "I have a dream+"on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Through hundreds of photographs, we see a country being changed, an era and legacy being formed,but above all, we are given a privileged look at the man himself—at his most human and humanitarian.

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Hundreds of duotone photographs -- the best work from dozens of documentary photographers -- illuminate the arc of King's transcendent life. Coupled with original text by National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson, the standout images in this stunning coffee-table book make for a visual feast interwoven with an impassioned biography. Brilliantly presented, King's story, message, and times come alive.
Library Journal
This photobiography's sharp and usually sober black-and-white images, insightful introduction, and 18 essays reveal martyred civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-68), from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56 to his funeral in 1968. The National Book Award-winning Johnson (Middle Passage) supplies the thoughtful text, while veteran photojournalist Adelman (Down Home, Camden, Alabama) depicts Civil Rights struggles in a rural Black Belt town and supplies the single largest source of the approximately 200 pages of selected shots by leading U.S. photographers. The words and images together recall the gritty details of King's dangerous and often grim daily struggle for peace with justice. Virtually alone as a King photobiography, this striking volume puts a face on the man and the movement now blended with him. For photojournalism/history and Civil Rights collections.--Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-An intimate portrait of the man, the myth, the persuasive preacher, influential civil-rights leader, caring father and husband, writer, and preeminent moral philosopher. Throughout the book, Johnson and Adelman's text and King's own words are combined with black-and-white photographs to illustrate how Dr. King helped transform an era and inspired a generation of young people to work for change. The more than 300 photographs come from the authors' personal files, AP archives, and Life magazine files. This photographic account of King's life is a major addition to the literature not only on the life of the leader but also on the history of the civil rights movement and civil strife in America. A welcome addition to any library.-ayo dayo, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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This photobiography presents never-before-seen photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.<-->the man, the preacher, the courageous leader of the civil rights movement, the martyr for the cause of racial justice, and finally, the American icon. About 400 powerful b&w images accompany the text, which details the pivotal events of Kings public and private life. Oversize: 9.25x12.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Susan Brownmiller
A magnificent photo album of a magnificent man in magnificent times, King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. uses many archival sources to narrate the life of the leader of the civil rights struggle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670892167
  • Publisher: Studio
  • Publication date: 11/6/2000
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 12.28 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Great Read!

    This book told a story that you could really relate to. The author pulled you in and instantly it became a page turner for me. Great read and true urban fiction.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

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    Not Quite Ready for a Crown

    Born in Guyana and the son of a general in the Guyanese militia, morals and principles were instilled in Deon Toure at a young age. Little did Deon know he would have to rely heavily upon those as his life was suddenly flipped upside down when he and his mother were forced to move to the United States.

    New land, new rules, Deon must learn to quickly adapt. And adapt he does. Pretty soon it's his land, his rules and he's the king. But all kingdoms are subject to crumble...

    "King" starts off interesting as it details young Deon's move to the states with his mother and the difficulties he faces not only as being different with his looks and accent, but also the basic growing pains any youth may face coming into their own. Adding to an already stressful situation are the financial struggles his mother faces as a single mother. I enjoyed this developmental part of the story. Deon eventually turns to the streets. While the story may begin for some at this point, this is where my interest started to wane. A unique tale quickly morphs into a typical tale of drug dealing, fast cars, beautiful chicks, long money, designer labels and haters. Couple that with the cliché and trite - references to the movie Scarface, the game of chess, and of course, a Jewish lawyer.

    Overall, "King" is a mildly entertaining read. It's a story that's been told so many times before. The only thing that makes this story unique is its beginning, which soon fades. I do also appreciate the twists and ultimate message (and even that was predictable), but it's not enough to pull this read above mediocre and typical. There are editing issues that seem to multiply as the book progresses.

    With an industry drowning in poor quality, I urge the author to make a "strategic move" (see Author's Note) to distance himself from the rest by narrowing in on a unique voice. Otherwise, he'll just be another voice in an overcrowded chorus. Also, seek a qualified editor.

    Reviewed by: Toni

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    Posted November 18, 2012

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    Posted August 22, 2012

    Love

    It was a great read!!!! This book is a perfect example of making the right choices too late,and KARMA!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Great Book GS

    I'm not a big reader, but when I read the sysnopsis of this book I knew that this was something I can relate to being a product of the ghetto. Witnessing, being part of and dealing with some of the trials and tribulations as King did really hit home. This book was written as a fiction but written with truth. This was absolutely a GREAT READ!!! I am officially a fan of the author Tremayne Johnson and will be looking forward to reading more of his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    LOVING IT

    I love books like this..happy to meet the writer of this book..your books are great..see you soon ")

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

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    Highly recommend

    Very good read, I couldn't put this book (Nook) down. A must read for those interested in gang and drug life related books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

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    I like the writer's style. He weaves a story that I beleive is relatable and realistic....coming from a female cop's perspective.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    What it takes to be a KING...

    Deon "King" Toure was almost brought into this world with the understanding that he was a King. His father taught him lifelong messages that stayed with him despite the fact that they were embed into his brain at the tender age of four. Born in Guyana, he and his mother are forced to migrate to the United States after his father goes on the run from murdering men who wish to set him up, right in front of Deon. Now the bitter streets of New York raise the young boy to become a man in the streets. A sharp mind and fast living brings him up in the ranks quickly, but for every rise, there must also come a fall.

    Fast-paced almost doesn't adequately describe this novel. I read it before the sun could properly stretch out across the sky. And from cover to cover it was a great read. Tremayne has a way of telling a story in an urban setting that isn't to urban to read intelligently. Reading this book took me back to the first time I watched Menace to Society. There was so much internal conflict that the main characters had, and all they wanted was to survive. Unfortunately what they were chasing almost always caused their demise. I could appreciate the message that the author brought in, slowly but surely. The reader is certain to understand the psyche of the main character. Once they understand why he did what he did, and at such a young age at that, they would be able to understand. It didn't make it right, but to understand will certainly provide a way for people to cast less judgment. If you were in that person's shoes what would you do? If your stomach was so empty that it nearly was in knots from hunger what would you do? If you were an immigrant with no family and friends, and the only people who showed you love were in the streets what would you do? Well, we can always say what we would or wouldn't do when we are not in that situation, but to each, their own right?

    The only critique I have for this book was that the narrative would drift between past and present tense. Now the timeline was on point so it wasn't a major issue, however, telling the story completely in the past tense or present tense would allow an even smoother read.

    Reviewed by:
    Nikkea Smithers
    RWA Bookclub President

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