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Walking with Presidents : Louis Martin and the Rise of Black Political Power - Alex Poinsett

Walking with Presidents

Louis Martin and the Rise of Black Political Power

By: Alex Poinsett, David J. Garrow (Introduction by)

Hardcover Published: 25th April 1997
ISBN: 9781568330938
Number Of Pages: 288

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In the last weeks of the 1960 presidential race, Louis Martin pulled off a minor miracle. With two days to go before the election, this passionate civil rights advocate and Democratic activists put two million pamphlets into the hands of black voters across America, informing them of Senator John F. Kennedy's sympathetic phone call to Martin Luther King, Jr., then languishing in a Georgia prison. The center of gravity in black partisan support shifted, and Kennedy won by a hair. This is just one example of the remarkable influence Louis Martin had on national politics for more than four decades. Now, for the first time, the story of Louis Martin's life is told. Walking with Presidents traces the career of an African American who rose from crusading journalist to preeminent presidential advisor and civil rights liason 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 advance his mission-bringing African Americans into the political mainstream.

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. -- Ron Brown We didn't have many civil rights crises when I was in the White House because I was alwaus on Louis Martin's side. -- Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States [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. -- Lyndon Johnson 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. -- Vernon Jordan 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. -- Harris Wofford

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Learning About Racep. 1
Crusading in Detroitp. 11
Drawing a Larger Circlep. 37
Rallying the Troops: The JFK Campaignp. 59
A Voice for Civil Rights: The Kennedy Yearsp. 87
Making History: The Weaver, Brimmer, and Marshall Appointmentsp. 125
Walking Through New Doors: The Johnson Yearsp. 139
Rescuing the Georgia Brigade: The Carter Yearsp. 173
Moving the Mountain: The Legacy of Louis Martinp. 203
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 231
Photo Creditsp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 240
Indexp. 243
About the Authorp. 251
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ISBN: 9781568330938
ISBN-10: 1568330936
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25th April 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.67  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.58