Advanced Praise for Raising King:
Raising King is a groundbreaking poetry collection that helps to rescue the radically compassionate legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joseph Ross brilliantly reminds us that King’s power derived from the way in which he forced American and global citizens to confront uncomfortable truths about race, poverty, citizenship, and war. A must read.
— Peniel E. Joseph, author of The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
In his beautiful collection of poems evoking the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, Joseph Ross offers his readers hope and inspiration for our own difficult times. These poems call us to revive our courage, moral convictions, and belief in the ultimate redemption of humanity.
— Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
Raising King is a poetic biography of a movement. The poems of Joseph Ross are photographs documenting history. They remind us to look again and not look away. The words of King and Ross creates a majestic duet. This book demands the readers become a chorus. Let it lift every voice and sing. We are a nation in need of song. Ross has given us words that capture the thunder and sounds of protest. Raising King prepares us for the storm that will hopefully baptize us into beauty.
— E. Ethelbert Miller, Literary activist and host of the weekly radio program On The Margin (WPFW 89.3 FM)