MMUF Fellow Anna Malaika Tubbs' "The Three Mothers" Reviewed in New York Times

February 07, 2021

MMUF fellow Anna Malaika Tubbs, a doctoral student in sociology at Cambridge University who began her MMUF career as an undergraduate at Stanford University, recently published her first book, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. The book considers the little-studied figures of Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin and the ways in which their beliefs, accomplishments and teachings shaped their sons, contributing to their massive impact as political actors and icons of Black history. The Three Mothers was reviewed by Kristal Brent Zook for the New York Times, who writes, "Tubbs' portrait is an intimate narrative that aims to link not only Little, King and Baldwin, but all Black mothers, including herself (she gave birth to a son while researching and writing the book)...the intersections she highlights are beautiful."