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Raising an Icon: Anna Malaika Tubbs' The Three Mothers

In her authorial debut, Anna Malaika Tubbs centers the mothers who raised three Black American icons.

The Three Mothers: Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs


Barack Obama once said that he wished that he had written more about his mother. In Dreams from My Father, Obama's mother is a minor character.

Lisa Page, reviewing The Three Mothers in the Washington Post says, "Motherhood is said to be its own reward. You learn to give of yourself, and this will stretch you as a person. But you may also learn to put yourself in the background, which will shrink you--and even make you disappear."

Author Anna Malaika Tubbs restores the lives and influences of the three women who shaped the lives of King, Baldwin and Malcolm X, the three most influential leaders of the civil rights movement.


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