The Three Mothers

How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Malcolm X
and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

Anna Malaika Tubbs

The Three Mothers by Anna Malaika Tubbs

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black mother­hood by telling the story of the women who raised and shaped three of America’s most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

Tubbs’s book stands against the women’s erasure, a monument to their historical importance. As Malcolm X put it, ‘All our achievements are mom’s.’ The New Yorker’s “Briefly Noted” column

This ambitious book reframes African American history, supplying the female Black experience as a much-needed perspective. The Washington Post

Tubbs’s portrait is an intimate narrative that aims to link not only Little, King and Baldwin, but all Black mothers . . . the intersections she highlights are beautiful. The New York Times Book Review

Anna Malaika Tubbs uncovers hidden complex­ities within black mother­hood that illuminate our understanding of the past while also shedd­ing light on the over­looked contributions of black women today. An eye-opening, engross­ing read! Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of
The Vanishing Half and The Mothers

The light Alberta, Louise and Berdis deserve is finally shining on them, not only as mothers, but as women whose lives and examples can stir up the gift in all of us. Brittany Packnett Cunningham,
host of Undistracted and founder of Love & Power

An essential celebration of Black women, one that illuminates the history of racism and resist­ance in critical new ways. A timely and important book. Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime

An intimate explication of motherhood as the shoulders upon which children stand. Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of
How to Raise an Adult and Real American
Anna Malaika Tubbs

About the Author

Anna Malaika Tubbs is a multidisciplinary expert on current and historical understandings of race, gender, and equity. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a BA in anthropology, Anna earned her MA in gender studies and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Cambridge as a Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholar. She lives with her husband, Michael Tubbs, and their children Michael Malakai and Nehemiah Neven.