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Publishers WeeklyPeople today know Martin Luther King Jr. for his leadership during the American civil rights struggle. Some may know of his commitment to nonviolence and be able to connect King's name to the Montgomery bus boycott, his "Letter from Birmingham Jail," the 1963 March on Washington and "I have a dream" speech. What many may not know is that King's authority was not simply that of an intelligent man gifted with powerful rhetoric championing an idea whose time had come. Burrow, a professor of Christian thought and social ethics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ind., describes in an accessible manner the persons, community and academic influences that shaped King's vision and grounded his methods of change. Burrow explains how King, "the quintessential Christian social Personalist"-one who believed that God is personal and that all persons have intrinsic dignity and value-harnessed lessons learned from his family with sophisticated theological principles from the likes of Hegel and Niebuhr for the gritty practical purposes of fighting for dignity and equality. With clever and instructive illustrations, the book is clear and engaging, enriching readers' understanding of King while also demonstrating how his ideas and methods transcend his person, time and place for application today.
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