The Everything Martin Luther King, Jr. Book: The Struggle, The Tragedy, The Dream


Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most inspirational figures in American history. From his march on Washington to his time in a Birmingham jail, King's life and work continue to have a profound effect on our nation.

The Everything Martin Luther King Jr. Book explores King's life, times, and influence. Fascinating facts and little-known ...

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Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most inspirational figures in American history. From his march on Washington to his time in a Birmingham jail, King's life and work continue to have a profound effect on our nation.

The Everything Martin Luther King Jr. Book explores King's life, times, and influence. Fascinating facts and little-known details you'll find in this book include:

  • His upbringing, education, and nonviolent-resistance influences
  • The inspiration for his famous "I have a dream" speech
  • His relationship with the Black Power movement
  • His private life as a friend, husband, and father
Even now, decades after his death, King's story is still speaking. What can it inspire you to do?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598695281
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica McElrath is the Guide to African American History. She received a juris doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and a bachelor's of art in history from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in California.

Foreword Writer:
Rev. Dale P. Andrews, Ph.D., is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology at Boston University's School of Theology, which is where King received his doctorate. Rev. Andrews has received numerous fellowships and awards, and he has authored or coauthored several books and edited volumes. He lives in Boston, MA.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
Introduction     xv
African-American Life in the South     1
The Aftermath of Slavery     2
Jim Crow Laws     4
African Americans and Education     5
Economic Opportunities     7
The Importance of the Church     9
The Early Civil Rights Movement     10
Early Life     15
Growing up in Atlanta     16
King's Parents     17
Primary and Secondary Education     20
Influence of the Church and Religion     20
Experiencing Segregation     21
Off to College     23
Early Philosophical Exploration     27
Questioning Christianity     28
Studying for the Ministry     29
Studying the Great Theologians     33
Sin and Man     36
Exploring Communism and Capitalism     36
The Church and the Individual     38
Nonviolent Resistance     39
Henry David Thoreau's View on Civil Disobedience     40
Thoreau's Influence on King     41
Gandhi's Example     42
Niebuhr on Nonviolent Resistance     47
King's Interpretation     49
Work, School, and Family Life     55
Graduate Studies at Boston University     56
Strengthening Philosophical Viewpoints     58
Falling in Love with Coretta Scott     60
Searching for a Purpose     63
Becoming Pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church     65
Settling into Life in Montgomery     67
Montgomery Bus Boycott     69
Moving to the Back of the Bus     70
Rosa Parks's Arrest     72
The Bus Boycott     74
The Big Speech     76
Taking Charge of the Bus Boycott     77
The First Arrest     78
The Death Threats Begin     78
Bus Desegregation     80
The Civil Rights Movement Organized     85
The Montgomery Bombings     86
Creating the Southern Christian Leadership Conference     89
Dealing with Fame     90
Experiencing Freedom in Ghana     91
Prayer Pilgrimage in Washington, D.C.     92
Taking the Movement to the White House     94
Crusade for Citizenship     96
Meeting with President Eisenhower     97
Life-Changing Experiences     99
King's Most Difficult Job     100
Unexpected Obstacle: The Stabbing     101
Exploring India: Gandhi's Country     103
Leaving Dexter Avenue Baptist Church     105
Moving the Family to Atlanta     107
Trial for Falsifying Tax Returns     107
Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy     111
The Meeting with Senator Kennedy     112
JFK on Civil Rights     113
Arrested for Sit-In Protests     114
Jail Time for King     117
Support from President Kennedy     118
Release from Jail     119
Supporting the Freedom Rides     120
Meeting with President Kennedy     124
The Civil Rights Movement in Albany     125
Segregation in Albany     126
Inviting Martin Luther King to Albany     128
Jailed for Parading Without a Permit     129
The Truce and Its Failing     130
Martin Luther King's Trial     133
Protest in Albany Resumed     135
Failure in Albany     137
Success in Birmingham     139
Segregation in Birmingham     140
Project C: The Protest Campaign     142
Facing Resentment from the Community      144
MLK and Fifty Protestors Arrested     145
Letter from Birmingham Jail     147
Police Violence     149
Winning Birmingham     152
Community Upheaval     154
The March on Washington     157
A Protest for Jobs and Freedom     158
Organizing the March     160
Significance of the Lincoln Memorial     163
The Participants     165
The Speech: "I Have a Dream"     166
The Nation Was Watching     169
Politics     171
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing     172
The Assassination of John F. Kennedy     174
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Civil Rights     175
Influencing the Passage of the Civil Rights Act     176
Opposition to the Presidential Candidate Barry Goldwater     181
Testimony Before the Democratic Convention     182
Winning the Nobel Peace Prize     183
Winning the Vote in Selma     187
Disenfranchisement of Selma's Blacks     188
King's Personal Weakness Threatens the Movement     189
Gaining Momentum in Selma     190
Meeting with Vice President Humphrey     193
Bloody Sunday      194
Leading the March to Edmund Pettus Bridge     197
The Victorious March to Montgomery     199
Passage of the Voting Rights Act     200
Taking Nonviolent Resistance to Chicago     201
Northern Ghettos     202
Choosing Chicago     203
Opposition to the Vietnam War     204
Organizing the Campaign     206
Moving the Family to Chicago     208
The Chicago Freedom Movement     208
Nonviolent Resistance under Attack     210
The Chicago Riot     211
The Summit Agreement     212
Black Power and the Mississippi March     217
James Meredith Shot     218
Continuing the March     218
Ideological Division Within the Movement     220
King on Black Power     222
Black Power Garners National Attention     225
SNCC Splits the Movement     226
Beyond Civil Rights: Seeking Economic Equality     229
Overcoming Disillusionment with the Movement     230
Renewing Opposition to the Vietnam War     230
King on Economic Inequality     233
The Poor People's Campaign     234
King's Leadership Attacked from All Sides      237
Supporting the Memphis Sanitation Workers on Strike     238
King's Last Speech: "I've Been to the Mountaintop"     241
King's Assassination in Memphis     242
A Lone Assassin or a Conspiracy?     243
Other Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement     245
A. Philip Randolph     246
Bayard Rustin     247
Ralph Abernathy     250
Ella Baker     252
Malcolm X     253
Stokely Carmichael     256
King's Personal Life     259
Life on the Road     260
Fighting Depression     263
King's and Coretta's Marriage     265
Allegations of Extramarital Affairs     266
King's Financial Support of the Movement     270
Plagiarism Uncovered     271
Martin Luther King's Legacy     273
Impact on Society     274
King the Theologian     277
King's Legacy Continues: The Poor People's Campaign     280
Coretta Continues King's Legacy     282
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial     284
Has His Dream Been Fulfilled?     284
Glossary     289
Resources      291
Index     295
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