Hutchinson is a longtime commentator on national affairs who was born and bred in Chicago and South Los Angeles. For the past two decades he's also brought his acumen as a journalist to community organizing -- holding public officials' feet to the fire on police misconduct, racial discrimination in employment, racial profiling and a host of other major topical issues. In "From King to Obama" Hutchinson applies his considerable skills as a political analyst and observer to this retrospective appraisal of movers and shakers on the American sociopolitical landscape. My personal favorite is his rendering of Bob Marley who, at the time of his interview with Hutchinson, was largely unknown in the U.S. Hutchinson's reflections on Marley's fierce political consciousness and radicalism are richly textured. Similarly, his portrayals of King, Malcolm X and other seminal folk provide a depth of context which underscore how the inequities of the "past" are still very much a factor in the present. Oddly, the only thing I would have liked to have seen more of in this book is more substantive detail about Hutchinson's life and upbringing.
New Book Released on the 50th Anniversary of Selma March 7 Political Analyst and Noted Author Earl Ofari Hutchinson’s New Book From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History An Intimate Look at the Personalities and Events in America from King to Obama March 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the bloody attack on civil rights protestors in Selma. The civil rights marches there led to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. It also marked the start of an era of unprecedented upheaval in America. Here are a few names that were central to that drama. Martin Luther King, Jr, Cesar Chavez, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Alex Haley, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. George C. Wallace, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Richard Pryor, Eartha Kitt, James Brown, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rachel and Jackie Robinson, Eldridge Cleaver, and James Baldwin, Shirley Chisholm, and Wilt Chamberlain. These are just a few of the names who noted political analyst and author Earl Ofari Hutchinson gives his personal impressions of in his half century of work as a journalist, reporter, broadcaster, and political activist in his new book From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History.