Officially, the publication date of Andrew Young‘s new book with Kabir Sehgal, “Walk in My Shoes: Conversations Between a Civil Rights Legend and his Godson on the Journey Ahead” (Palgrave/Macmillan, $24) is not until May 11.
But Intel has gotten an advance peek at the inspirational, intergenerational tome. And so have a cavalcade of famous folk who have sent along heartfelt blurbs for the book.
For starters, former president Bill Clinton contributes the foreword, stating: “The people of America owe a great debt to Andrew Young. For nearly half a century, this remarkable man has been a fixture in our nation’s political life. He has dedicated his life to strengthening our human community.”
Archbishop Demond Tutu concurs, writing: “Wisdom can be found in many places. Not only is this an innovative memoir, these pages are filled with irreverent honesty and timeless wisdom.”
Young’s old movement friend and poet Maya Angelou adds: “This brilliant, courageous, and intelligent man has stood for right and for civil rights for all people. In this book, we follow the development of a young African American mind and the development of the movement which has changed this country.”
Rapper T.I., who Young mentored following his conviction on federal weapons charges, writes: “Working with Ambassador Young has taught me that we share more similarities than differences between our generations. The conversations with his godson should remind us how important it is to combine what we have in common with our unique perspectives in order to change the community and the world.”
“Rush Hour” actor Chris Tucker writes: “Ambassador Young is my friend, he is the world’s friend, and I hope that every emerging leader picks up this book as a reference for what it takes to change the world.”
Oscar winning actor Jamie Foxx adds: “Engaging, raw and impactful, this book should be required reading for us all.”
Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed praises the book, saying: “‘Walk in My Shoes’ is graceful, yet sharp. Hip but respectful. It is a blueprint for future generations to speak openly and honestly with one another.”
The former United Nations ambassador and Atlanta mayor will kick off his book tour at First Baptist Church in Decatur Tuesday night at 7 with a talk and signing arranged by the Georgia Center for the Book and Outwrite Books.
For details: www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.