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WHO SPEAKS FOR THE NEGRO?by Robert Penn Warren.
Random House. New York. 454 pages. $5.95.
A valuable book for the politically conscious looking for an intelligent analysis of the motives, goals and personalities of the leaders and voices of Negroes’ drive for civil rights.
Mr. Warren packed his journalistic suitcase with tape recording, years of contact with his subject, a poetic sense of justice and the ability to ask pointed questions and get answers.
However, he does not leave his study with a written transcript of miles of recording tape. He probes and bares each of his subjects – from Malcolm X to Roy Wilkins to Adam Clayton Powell to the reader’s eye, never hesitating to chip away veneer or applaud reality and intelligence.
The News and Courier, Charleston, S.C.
Sept. 12, 1965Collapse