When Harlem Nearly Killed King: The 1958 Stabbing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.by Hugh Pearson
When harlem nearly killed king tells of how, in 1958. Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed by an emotionally disturbed black woman in Harlem and then saved at Harlem Hospital, where the head of surgery was an acclaimed African American. In Pearson's hands the life-threatening episode becomes, in a sense, a mortal danger to the very soul of a nation just beginning to… See more details below
When harlem nearly killed king tells of how, in 1958. Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed by an emotionally disturbed black woman in Harlem and then saved at Harlem Hospital, where the head of surgery was an acclaimed African American. In Pearson's hands the life-threatening episode becomes, in a sense, a mortal danger to the very soul of a nation just beginning to struggle in earnest with the knowledge that many of the ideas of racial equality were still only that -- ideas, symbols, not facts of life. Here Pearson skillfully recreates America at the dawn of the civil rights movement and shows us how change really occurs: painfully, not in one grand gesture, but in a thousand small and contradictory ways.
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Descended from generations of African-American surgeons—including his great-uncle, who was the first Negro surgeon in south Georgia and who built the largest private hospital for blacks in the state—HUGH PEARSON’s distinctive voice weaves autobiography and investigative journalism to offer a unique window of understanding into the nature of the American experience. He was the author of Under the Knife: How a Wealthy Negro Surgeon Wielded Power in the Jim Crow South (2000), which The New York Times called "a moving passionate story," of "a poignancy transcending issues of race." His previous book was The Shadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America, a New York Times Notable Book of 1994. Pearson was also a former columnist for the Village Voice. He died in 2005.
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