Symposium Review Club meets
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 8:01 pm
The Symposium Review Club met recently in the lovely country cottage of Lou Joyner.
Upon arrival of members, Alice Dunlap served a delicious bread pudding.
After a short business meeting, the program was given by Susan Fowler. She reviewed the book “Hellhounds on His Trail” by Hampton Sides. The title is from a Robert Johnson “Mississippi Blues Man Song.” In this case, it is the story of Martin Luther King’s last several years. The Hellhounds were J. Edgar Hoover, who thought Martin Luther King was a dangerous radical, and James Earl Ray, who was a racist and recently thought he would become famous when he assassinated King. The book begins with Ray escaping from a penitentiary that in its 131-year history had never had a successful escape.
In this electrifying account, readers see two men, one whose courage and savy embodied one of the 20th Century’s greatest causes; the other lived his pitiful life in the shadows as they criss-crossed the country, until that devastating moment, when the drifter, Ray, catches up with his prey, King.
The book is a profound examination of the cost of hatred and how history is often a matter of the petty bringing down the great.
Published in The Messenger 3.7.11