Martin Luther King (Leaders and Witnesses)

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Richard Deats is a southerner who was influenced by King while in college. He has subsequently led a lifelong commitment to civil rights. He is the editor of Fellowship, the magazine of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and is the author of Ambassador of Reconciliation A Muriel Lester Reader. He received his PhD at the Boston U. School of Theology in part because that is where King studied. He knew King and later worked with Mrs. King on the Martin Luther King Holiday Commission and the MLK Center for Nonviolent Social Change. He was present in the Rose Garden when President Reagan signed the bill establishing the King Federal Holiday.

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In this unusual biography, readers will learn more about the spiritual King, whose faith in Jesus Christ was the foundation for his life and legacy. Author Deats (editor of Fellowship magazine) briefly met King, studied under King's professors at Boston University School of Theology and eventually worked with King's wife, Coretta (who wrote the foreword). Deats reveals the behind-the-scenes events that informed King's "turn the other cheek" approach to peaceful change. From bus segregation in Montgomery to the Selma campaign for voting rights, King inspired blacks and whites across America to dream of a "Beloved Community" whose watchwords were morality, respect and equality. As a biography, this text will enlighten readers with one real-life example after another. In one instance, King's religious beliefs led him and his family to relocate to the slums of Chicago to protest against the abject poverty that abounded in the urban North. Working tirelessly to bring about economic equality for African-Americans, King also invested time and energy converting local gang members to his nonviolent movement. The author includes a helpful chronology at the end of the book that succinctly highlights the major events of King's life. (Dec.)
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