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Walk in My Shoes

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Andrew Young, a top aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. and one of history's most important civil rights leaders, was at Dr. King's side when he was assassinated. Young and his godson Kabir Sehgal talk about how two generations view civil rights, race, faith, love, and leadership.

Together they’ve written Walk in My Shoes: Conversations Between a Civil Rights Legend and His Godson on the Journey Ahead.

Guests:

Kabir Sehgal and Andrew Young

Comments [6]

Gates fan from SF

It is strange how sensationalist Andrew Young is especially considering he is a minister. I completely agree with CL from NY that Young comes across as a self-satisfied man who makes a lot of unsupported generalizations.

Both Young and Sehgal do a lot of horn tooting in the book. It gets old. Sehgal tries too hard to be funny and all too often his writing is stale and it rambles on and on.

May. 18 2010 04:53 PM
mc from nyc

Free market is simply the free expression of greed. This seems to be an apology for the very system which Young claims to "save" people from the results of.

May. 18 2010 01:57 PM
Amparo from Manhattan

Funny that someone who co-authored a book called "Walk in My Shoes" doesn't care for Barack Obama because he can't identify with him.

May. 18 2010 01:54 PM
CL from New York

Andrew Young's comments about the Gates Foundation are ill-considered. No philanthropist has ever worked more carefully to determine how to measure the results of its funding. Young is either unaware of this demanding aspect of the Gates projects or he doesn't understand it. Frankly, he comes off as a rather self-satisfied man given to making unsupported generalizations.

May. 18 2010 01:46 PM
hc from Brooklyn

It seems to me that there is something inherent in the structure of capitalism which necessarily leads to oligarchy. So what if the rich become generous they remain the only ones who are privileged enough to be generous and in doing so only really reinforce the structure which brought on the condition of inequality to begin with.

It is sad that someone who is giving their time to "non- profit" ventures will only fail.

We need something much different, which is to say a truly equal education and truly equal opportunity. Inheritence alone cancels the logic that Young just espoused now, about free market and democracy. We should not be working towards equality but beginning with equality.

May. 18 2010 01:38 PM
Sheree from Manhattan

When I was in high school in a posh neighborhood in northeast Atlanta, I was recruited by my history teacher to volunteer for Mr. Young's campaign when he was running against Wyche Fowler. I was doing telephone canvassing. It was an amazing educational experience for an idealistic young white girl. Thank you for all you've done, Mr. Young.

May. 18 2010 01:33 PM

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