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Author Jackson, Troy, 1968-

Title Becoming King : Martin Luther King, Jr. and the making of a national leader / Troy Jackson ; introduction by Clayborne Carson.

Publication Info. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [2008]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Moline PL Adult Biography - MPLG-6  B KIN    AVAILABLE
 New Lenox PL Adult Biography - NLBB-1  B KIN    AVAILABLE
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Description xx, 248 pages ; 24 cm.
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Series Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century
Civil rights and the struggle for Black equality in the twentieth century.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-239) and index.
Contents "The stirring of the water" -- "The gospel I will preach" -- "Making a contribution" -- "They are willing to walk" -- "Living under the tension" -- "Bigger than Montgomery."
Summary Troy Jackson chronicles King's emergence and effectiveness as a civil rights leader by examining his relationship with the people of Montgomery, Alabama. Using the sharp lens of Montgomery's struggle for racial equality to investigate King's burgeoning leadership, Jackson explores King's ability to connect with the educated and the unlettered, professionals and the working class. In particular, Jackson highlights King's alliances with Jo Ann Robinson, a young English professor at Alabama State University; E.D. Nixon, a middle aged Pullman porter and head of the local NAACP chapter; and Virginia Durr, a courageous white woman who bailed Rosa Parks out of jail after Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white person. Drawing on countless interviews and archival sources, Jackson compares King's sermons and religious writings before, during, and after the Montgomery bus boycott. Jackson demonstrates how King's voice and message evolved during his time in Montgomery, reflecting the shared struggles, challenges, experiences, and hopes of the people with whom he worked.
Note "Paperback edition 2011." T.p. verso.
Subject King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
African American civil rights workers -- Biography.
Baptists -- United States -- Clergy -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century -- Alabama -- Montgomery.
Segregation in transportation -- Alabama -- Montgomery -- History -- 20th century.
Montgomery (Ala.) -- Race relations.
ISBN 9780813125206 hardback alkaline paper
0813125200 hardback alkaline paper

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