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8 thoughts on “Blessed Are the Peacemakers Martin Luther King Jr Eight White Religious Leaders and the Letter from Birmingham Jail

  1. Art Art says:

    A very good and well written account of the eight leaders and the no win situation they faced History has forgotten the heavy price most of these leaders faced and the hatred and personal and professional sniping they took from their own churches not to mention death threats as they attempted to open the church doors to all people all is remembered is they were named in Kings letter for disagreeing with his tactics at that one point and time and a lot of America remembers them wrongly as pro Jim CrowIt's a interesting study in church dynamics infighting and politics and clergy in a no win situationby 1971 only one of them remained in Birmingham It also explores the personal toll those years took on these men


  2. Dean Summers Dean Summers says:

    In the spring of 1963 the Southern Christian Leadership Conference under the direction of Martin Luther King Jr was preparing for a civil rights demonstration in Birmingham Alabama In an attempt to forestall a likely violent confrontation with White racists eight of Birmingham’s prominent clergy published an open letter cautioning that the planned demonstration was ill timedThe eight all White though not all WASP were two Episcopal bishops a Methodist bishop a Methodist pastor a Jewish Rabbi a Roman Catholic bishop a Presbyterian pastor and a Baptist pastor The demonstration went forward as planned with the predicted result that the demonstrators were jailed for parading without a permit Among those jailed was Dr King himself who from his cell composed the first bits and pieces for what was to become his now famous public reply to the eight White clergy “Letter from Birmingham Jail”In Blessed Are the Peacemakers Jonathan Bass recounts the circumstances that led to the publishing of the two letters He also reconstructs the process by which King’s letter was written polished published edited and published again And he focuses on each of those eight White clergy tracing each life up to that fateful spring and beyond providing insight into the personal mindset and motives of each and the way King’s letter influenced the personal career of eachAn excerpt “A black southerner once asked Nolan Harmon the Methodist bishop if he had ever met Martin Luther King Jr ‘No’ the bishop replied “all he ever did was just write me a letter’” p 164Bass has done a masterful job of gathering the facts and telling the story His book is essential reading for developing an informed assessment of the Civil Rights Movement


  3. Renee Renee says:

    Bass does an excellent job of revealing the history behind Martin Luther King Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail the 8 clergy who prompted the piece and the Civil Rights movement itself More than anything else I appreciated the even handed approach to the subject matter While I whole heartedly agree with MLK that the injustices of Jim Crow needed to be changed immediately this book doesn't paint the white clergy with broad strokes of bad guys to MLK's good guy The fleshed out history behind the Letter reveals Birmingham's 8 white clergy as heroes who may not have stepped out as boldly as MLK and his supporters but they did speak out for euality when others remained silent They were also the ones who remained behind in Birmingham and helped that community walk through the changes the Civil Rights era brought Some became outspoken supporters of King Others lost their pulpits or their desire to step up to the pulpit because of the fall out from the Letter The behind the scenes look at MLK's support system and their masterful use of the media is also noteworthy


  4. Rodeweeks Rodeweeks says:

    Well written in that it clearly shows the viewpoints of both the white clergy as well as that of Martin Luther King Jr Great history it shows that we came a long way but still have a lot of work to do Some things that happened in the 1940's still happens today unfortunately however I can only speak from a South African viewpoint


  5. Elliot Ratzman Elliot Ratzman says:

    On scraps of paper and on the margins of newspapers MLK wrote his classic “Letter from Birmingham Jail” April 1963 to eight white clergy accusing them of moderation The Letter was an excuse to explain to America the tactics of the Civil Rights Movement the complaints of Southern blacks and practically to raise money and support for the movement Birmingham was the scene of violent segregationists’ bombings Bull Connor’s water hoses and police dogs images of elderly blacks beaten after demonstrating Bass’s book tells the story of those eight clergy all with a range of commitments and how King’s Letter disrupted their lives Less rigorously he documents how the Letter came into being how it was edited distributed and used as a tool in the struggle Bass dwells a beat too long on the behind the scenes machinations and seems to sympathize with the white clergy than King However the book is full of useful stories and a fine light on the conflicts white clergy faced


  6. Dave McNeely Dave McNeely says:

    This book provides the provocative backdrop for Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail I was particularly interested in this account because it discusses the backgrounds of the eight white clergy addressed in the letter one of whom was a Carson Newman grad Earl Stallings Like many other historical watershed moments the climate surrounding King's stand in Birmingham in 1963 was much complicated than history books have the room to tell The heft of King's message is not lost in this work but the challenge to all who find themselves in the midst of politically fraught situations finds good company in this excellent historical work


  7. Patti Patti says:

    This is the story behind Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail to eight religious leaders there It's an interesting perspective so because one of the leaders was my friend's father In some ways these men were in a no win situation Vilified for dragging their feet for wanting a slower pace to bring about change in civil rights and also for moving far too uickly for their congregants and were thus accused of being liberal extremists Well worth reading to understand about the complicated history of race relations and the struggle for civil rights


  8. Rafael Villalobos Rafael Villalobos says:

    This is the story behind the famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail Pastor King directed this letter at 8 White Pastors a Rabbi and a Catholic were counted among the group in response to their public dissent of King's Birmingham March against the Jim Crow South I recommend you read this book so that we will not let what happened before be acceptable again A copy of the letter should be sent to the current nine Supreme Court Justices as a reminder that Injustice anywhwere is a threat to Justice everywhere MLK Jr


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  • Paperback
  • 344 pages
  • Blessed Are the Peacemakers Martin Luther King Jr Eight White Religious Leaders and the Letter from Birmingham Jail
  • S. Jonathan Bass
  • English
  • 12 October 2014
  • 9780807128008