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Stride Toward Freedom The Montgomery Story

ISBN-10: 0807000698
ISBN-13: 9780807000694
Edition: 2010
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Description: The classic story of nonviolent resistance in Americathe Montgomery bus boycottwritten by Martin Luther King, Jr.In early 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., set out to write about the Montgomery bus boycott. King described his book as "the chronicle  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 1/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The classic story of nonviolent resistance in Americathe Montgomery bus boycottwritten by Martin Luther King, Jr.In early 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., set out to write about the Montgomery bus boycott. King described his book as "the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth.''Released the next year,Stride Toward Freedomwas lauded by the general public and literary critics, often labeled "must reading." Unavailable for almost a decade, King's unparalleled historical account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is now must reading for a new generation of readers. In this revelatory work, King shares ideas of the thinkers, like Gandhi, who profoundly influenced him, and why.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 into a middle-class black family in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a degree from Morehouse College. While there his early concerns for social justice for African Americans were deepened by reading Henry David Thoreau's essay "Civil Disobedience." He enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary and there became acquainted with the Social Gospel movement and the works of its chief spokesman, Walter Rauschenbusch. Mohandas Gandhi's practice of nonviolent resistance (ahimsaahimsa) later became a tactic for transforming love into social change. After seminary, he postponed his ministry vocation by first earning a doctorate at Boston University School of Theology. There he discovered the works of Reinhold Niebuhr and was especially struck by Niebuhr's insistence that the powerless must somehow gain power if they are to achieve what is theirs by right. In the Montgomery bus boycott, it was by economic clout that African Americans broke down the walls separating the races, for without African American riders, the city's transportation system nearly collapsed. The bus boycott took place in 1954, the year King and his bride, Coretta Scott, went to Montgomery, where he had been called to serve as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Following the boycott, he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to coordinate civil rights organizations. Working through African American churches, activists led demonstrations all over the South and drew attention, through television and newspaper reports, to the fact that nonviolent demonstrations by blacks were being suppressed violently by white police and state troopers. The federal government was finally forced to intervene and pass legislation protecting the right of African Americans to vote and desegregating public accommodations. For his nonviolent activism, King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. While organizing a "poor people's campaign" to persuade Congress to take action against poverty, King accepted an invitation to visit Memphis, Tennessee, where sanitation workers were on strike. There, on April 4, 1968, he was gunned down while standing on the balcony of his hotel.

Clayborne Carson lives in Palo Alto, California.

Introduction
Preface
Return to the South
Montgomery Before the Protest
The Decisive Arrest
The Day of Days, December 5
The Movement Gathers Momentum
Pilgrimage to Nonviolence
Methods of the Opposition
The Violence of Desperate Men
Desegregation at Last
Montgomery Today
Where Do We Go from Here?
Appendix
Index

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