ISBN-10:
0674046986
ISBN-13:
9780674046986
Pub. Date:
03/15/2010
Publisher:
Harvard
The Word of the Lord Is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Word of the Lord Is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Jonathan Rieder

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674046986
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Rieder is Professor of Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Table of Contents

The Artistry of Argument     1
Inside the Circle of the Tribe
The Geometry of Belonging     21
Brotherhood and Brotherhood     32
Backstage and Blackstage     50
Race Men and Real Men     64
The Prophetic Backstage     75
Son of a (Black) Preacher Man
Flight from the Folk?     91
Homilies of Black Liberation     110
Raw and Refined     131
King in the Mass Meetings
Beloved Black Community     158
The Physics of Deliverance     179
The Rationality of Defiance     199
The Courage to Be     219
Free Riders and Freedom Riders     237
Crossing Over into Beloved Community
Artifice and Authenticity     254
Practicing What You Preach     267
Validating the Movement     286
The Allure of Rudeness     302
Black Interludes in the Crossover Moment     318
Notes     339
Index     383

What People are Saying About This

Jonathan Rieder has done Dr. King and history a great service by demonstrating the complexity of King's thought and warning us of the dangers of reducing him to any one aspect of his teaching. Few writers have paid such careful attention to what King said or why he said it, and few have worked so hard to overturn the stereotypes that surround King. All who revere the Good News of justice and reconciliation that King brought to our nation will be moved by Rieder's pathbreaking account.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Jonathan Rieder has done Dr. King and history a great service by demonstrating the complexity of King's thought and warning us of the dangers of reducing him to any one aspect of his teaching. Few writers have paid such careful attention to what King said or why he said it, and few have worked so hard to overturn the stereotypes that surround King. All who revere the Good News of justice and reconciliation that King brought to our nation will be moved by Rieder's pathbreaking account.--(E.J. Dionne, Jr., author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right)

E.J. Dionne

Jonathan Rieder has done Dr. King and history a great service by demonstrating the complexity of King's thought and warning us of the dangers of reducing him to any one aspect of his teaching. Few writers have paid such careful attention to what King said or why he said it, and few have worked so hard to overturn the stereotypes that surround King. All who revere the Good News of justice and reconciliation that King brought to our nation will be moved by Rieder's pathbreaking account. --(E.J. Dionne, Jr., author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right)

Charles Johnson

Jonathan Rieder saves Martin Luther King, Jr. from the curse of canonization. He replaces the hagiographic, air-brushed images, and the kitschy plastic dolls with a brilliant reading of King's chameleon-like gift for effortlessly gliding--in public and private--between ethnic and universal idioms, between the street and theological seminars. The Word of the Lord is Upon Me is, then, a superb addition to King scholarship that restores our perception of this great man's complexity, flaws, scars and profound humanity. --(Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage and Dreamer: A Novel)

David Hollinger

A marvelous book, really special, and quite different from even the best of the King books. Jonathan Rieder demonstrates that King exemplified postethnic ideals, refusing to abandon either the distinctive solidarity of black people or the mutual support that human beings could offer one another across the lines of color and faith. --(David Hollinger, author of Postethnic America)

Henry Louis

Martin Luther King, Jr., the voice of the Civil Rights Movement, knew more than most that words matter, that they are fundamental to any truly democratic mass political movement. In this absolutely brilliant new book, Jonathan Rieder shows how King crafted his rhetoric with a total command of the English language in its standard English register and its African American idioms. Rieder movingly represents King as a master performer who was never less than authentic, who always matched action to thought as manifested in the beauty of his words… Fantastic, an amazing book. --(Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University)

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., the voice of the Civil Rights Movement, knew more than most that words matter, that they are fundamental to any truly democratic mass political movement. In this absolutely brilliant new book, Jonathan Rieder shows how King crafted his rhetoric with a total command of the English language in its standard English register and its African American idioms. Rieder movingly represents King as a master performer who was never less than authentic, who always matched action to thought as manifested in the beauty of his words... Fantastic, an amazing book.--(Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University)

Henry Louis Gates

Martin Luther King, Jr., the voice of the Civil Rights Movement, knew more than most that words matter, that they are fundamental to any truly democratic mass political movement. In this absolutely brilliant new book, Jonathan Rieder shows how King crafted his rhetoric with a total command of the English language in its standard English register and its African American idioms. Rieder movingly represents King as a master performer who was never less than authentic, who always matched action to thought as manifested in the beauty of his words… Fantastic, an amazing book.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

Randall Kennedy

A stunning book that offers a genuinely fresh take on the most prominent figure of the civil rights movement. Jonathan Rieder's interpretation of King is not just incisive; it is eloquent and original. --(Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)

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