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And the walls came tumbling down : an autobiography

Author: Ralph Abernathy
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Tells of Abernathy's private and public life and his campaign for civil rights.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990.
And the walls came tumbling down.
New York : Harper & Row, ©1989
(OCoLC)555831334
Online version:
Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990.
And the walls came tumbling down.
New York : Harper & Row, ©1989
(OCoLC)609266515
Named Person: Ralph Abernathy; Ralph Abernathy; Ralph D Abernathy; Ralph D Abernathy; Ralph Abernathy, Reverend.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Abernathy
ISBN: 0060161922 9780060161927
OCLC Number: 19556544
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 638 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Little David --
Lay down my sword and shield --
And study war no more --
The summer of 1950 --
The Montgomery bus boycott --
Atlanta --
Albany --
Birmingham --
St. Augustine --
Selma --
Chicago --
Jesse Jackson --
Memphis --
Martin Luther King, Jr. --
Resurrection City --
Charleston --
Appendix: My last letter to Martin --
Proclamation.
Responsibility: Ralph David Abernathy.
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Tells of Abernathy's private and public life and his campaign for civil rights.

"[This] is the intensely moving and beautifully written autobiography of one of the civil rights movement's leading lights. The Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy was Joshua to Martin Luther King's Moses--at his side during all the battles and eventually his successor. In 1956 when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, it was Abernathy who enlisted King to join the protest. Together, they led the landmark bus boycott for 381 days. During this opening campaign of the modern civil rights struggle, Abernathy's house was bombed, his church dynamited. Abernathy and King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which grew out of the boycott. Dr. King's closest friend and associate, Abernathy was jailed more than forty times along with King in their nonviolent quest. Their protests and marches took them all over the South--Selma, Albany, Birmingham--and to Washington and Chicago as well. Their victories, and even their setbacks, led to social and legislative changes across the entire country. In 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated; he died in Abernathy's arms. During that immensely tense period, Abernathy took up the reins of the nonviolent movement. [This book] tells of Abernathy's private as well as public life--the grandson of a slave and the tenth child born to a strict farming man, Abernathy never left Alabama or experienced racism until he joined the Jim Crow Army during World War II. He writes of his call to the ministry and his heading of student protests at Alabama State University. In addition, Abernathy expounds on the leaders he knew intimately: King, of course, but also Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, and Lyndon Johnson, among others. He reveals the planning that went into the major protests and the negotiations that brought them to a close. He recalls the bitter defeats they faced, the misery and deaths they suffered. He also celebrates the victories that have integrated today's society, given economic and political power to the disenfranchised, and brought hope to people who could not previously afford it. [This book] is the story of a remarkable man and a testimony to remarkable times."--Jacket.

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