Walking With Presidents

Walking With Presidents

by Alex Poinsett
     
 

A must-read for anyone who wants to know how African-Americans have risen in national politics during the past 50 years.See more details below

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A must-read for anyone who wants to know how African-Americans have risen in national politics during the past 50 years.

Editorial Reviews

Ron Brown
More than any other person, Louis Martin has oaved the way for the significant involvement of black Americans at all levels of the Democratic party...He is an extraordinary person.
Jimmy Carter
We didn't have many civil rights crises when I was in the White House because I was alwaus on Louis Martin's side.
Lyndon Johnson
[Louis] has been...a fighter for social justice and a practical man of public affairs. I don't know what trouble Louis is going to get into. He got me into a good deal.
Vernon Jordan
Thurgood Marshall probably would not have been appointed to the Supreme Court, nor Andrew Brimmer to the Federal Reserve, nor Robert Weaver to President Johnson's Cabinet, but for Louis Martin.
Harris Wofford
Martin had the most influence on John and Robert Kennedy of any black American. He was the one African American they listened to with unqualified respect and without feeling that we was pushing anyone's agenda.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dubbed the godfather of black politics, Martin (b. 1912) served as an adviser to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Carter and was a groundbreaking figure within the Democratic Party. This first biography, by Ebony contributor Poinsett, serviceably outlines Martin's career, though a more dramatic and detailed work is merited. As a journalist for the black-oriented Michigan Chronicle, Martin helped foster solidarity with the labor movement in the 1930s and '40s. As liaison to the black community for JFK's presidential campaign, he helped arrange appointments of blacks to federal jobs. For LBJ, he organized black voters and later encouraged the President's civil rights efforts, advising Johnson that a civil rights dialogue was needed after major legislation was passed. His role in the Carter administration was to repair its frayed bonds with the black community. He also influenced the appointments of many black judges. Another legacy was the establishment of a black think tankthe Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Though Martin cooperated with the author, this book lacks personal insights as well as comments from Martin on controversies in black politics. (May)
Booknews
Poinsett, a journalist and long-time contributor to "Ebony" magazine, documents the remarkable influence that Louis Martin had on national politics for more than four decades. Chapters trace Martin's rise from a crusading journalist, to the presidential advisor and civil rights liaison in the Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter administrations. Martin was the consummate insider, unconcerned about who got credit for his work so long as he could continue bringing African Americans into the political mainstream. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568330938
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
04/25/1997
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Jimmy Carter
We didn't have many civil rights crises when I was in the white house because I was always on Louis Martin's side.
Vernon Jordan
Thurgood Marshall probably would not have been appointed to the Supreme Court, nor Andrew Brimmer to the Federal Reserve, nor Robert Weaver to President Johnson's Cabinet, but for Louis Martin.
Lyndon Johnson
[Louis] has been…a fighter for social justice and a practical man of public affairs. I don't know what trouble Louis is going to get into. He got me into a good deal.

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