Martin Luther King Jr.

Kirk, John A., author

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  • Creator John A. Kirk
  • Format Books
  • Publication Oxfordshire, [England] ; New York, New York : Routledge, 2013. ©2005
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (245 p.)
  • ISBNs 9781138131002, 1138131008, 9781315838311, 1315838311, 9781317876502, 1317876504


  • Combining the latest insights from KIng biographies and movement histories, this book provides an up-to-date critical analysis of the relationship between King and the wider civil rights movement. Delivering a fresh perspective on the relationship between 'the man and the movement', Kirk argues that it is the interactionbetween national and local movement concerns that is essential to understanding King's leadership and black activism in the 1950s and 1960s. Kirk examines King's strengths and his limitations, and weighs the role that king played in then movement alongside the contribution


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • Cover; Martin Luther King Jr; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction: King in Context; 1 Becoming a Leader, 1929-56; Civil Rights in the Mid 1950s; The Origins of the Montgomery Bus Boycott; King's Early Years; The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA); White Montgomery and the Failure of Compromise; Taking a Stand: The Road to Desegregation; 2 Catching Up, 1956-61; King on the National and the International Stage; The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • The 1960 Sit-ins and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)King and the Kennedys; The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the 1961 Freedom Rides; 3 Forming a Strategy, 1961-3; The Albany Movement; King's Defeat in Albany, 1961; King's Defeat in Albany, 1962; Learning from Albany, Preparing for Birmingham; The Birmingham Campaign; Birmingham and the Children's Crusade; 4 Glory Bound, 1963-4; The March on Washington; Back to Birmingham: The Sixteenth Street Church Bombing; The St. Augustine Campaign
  • The 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and the Nobel Peace PrizeKing and the FBI; 5 A Movement in Transition, 1965-6; The Selma Campaign; Bloody Sunday; King's 'Tuesday Turnaround'; The Selma to Montgomery March, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Chicago Campaign; The Meredith March Against Fear and the Rise of Black Power; 6 New Directions, 1966-8; The Chicago Open Housing Marches; King's Defeat in Chicago; King and the Vietnam War; The Poor People's Campaign (PPC); The Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike and King's Assassination
  • Conclusion: Martin and the MovementBibliographical Essay; Index
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