The Radical King

Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807034525

Category: History

Page: 320

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A revealing collection that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X “The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place in capitalist societies. . . . The response of the radical King to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution—a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens. . . . Could it be that we know so little of the radical King because such courage defies our market-driven world?” —Cornel West, from the Introduction Every year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became perhaps the most recognizable leader of the civil rights movement. But after more than forty years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. Arranged thematically in four parts, The Radical King includes twenty-three selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, that illustrate King's revolutionary vision, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism. As West writes, “Although much of America did not know the radical King—and too few know today—the FBI and US government did. They called him 'the most dangerous man in America.' . . . This book unearths a radical King that we can no longer sanitize.” From the Hardcover edition.

The Drum Major Instinct

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Theory of Political Service

Author: Justin Rose

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820355534

Category: Political Science

Page: 132

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Though there are several studies devoted to aspects of Martin Luther King Jr.’s intellectual thought, there has been no comprehensive study of his overarching theory of political service. In The Drum Major Instinct, Justin Rose draws on Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons, political speeches, and writings to construct and conceptualize King’s politics as a unified theory. Rose argues that King’s theoretical framework—as seen throughout his wide body of writings—has three central components. First, King posited that all of humanity is tied to an “inescapable network of mutuality” such that no member of society can fully flourish if there are structural barriers preventing others from flourishing. Second, King’s theory required that Americans cultivate a sense of love and concern for their fellow members of society, which would motivate them to work collectively toward transforming others and structures of injustice. Finally, King contended that all members of society have the responsibility to participate in collective forms of resistance. This meant that even the oppressed were obligated to engage in political service. Therefore, marginalized people’s struggles against injustice were considered an essential aspect of service. Taken together, King’s theory of political service calls on all Americans, but especially black Americans, to engage in other-centered, collective action aimed at transforming themselves, others, and structures of injustice. By fully exploring King’s thoughts on service, The Drum Major Instinct is an invaluable resource toward understanding how King wanted us all to work to create a more just, democratic society and how his thoughts continue to resonate in contemporary struggles.

Healthy Conflict in Contemporary American Society

Author: Jason A. Springs

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108424422

Category: Philosophy

Page: 368

View: 5933

Develops an approach to contemporary religious, moral, and political conflicts in which conflict may be constructively reframed and creatively engaged toward productive democratic practice, rather than viewed mainly as a source of aversion that needs to be rooted out or resolved once and for all.

Westlich des Sunset

Author: Stewart O'Nan

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644042314

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 5463

Ein fesselnder Roman über die Traumfabrik Hollywood und die letzten drei Lebensjahre des berühmten amerikanischen Schriftstellers Francis Scott Fitzgerald. Mit Der große Gatsby hatte er Weltruf erlangt. Doch das ist lange her. Als er einundvierzigjährig in Hollywood ankommt, scheint seine Alkoholsucht unbezähmbar, seine Frau Zelda lebt, mit einer offenbar unheilbaren bipolaren Störung, in einer psychiatrischen Klinik in Montgomery, das Verhältnis zu seiner Tochter Alabama ist schlecht. Er zieht in die Villenanlage Garden of Allah, wo sich abends eine muntere Schar aus den umliegenden Hollywood Hills am Pool trifft: Humphrey Bogart, Valentino, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson, die Marx Brothers, u. a. Man ist, beginnt man dieses Buch zu lesen, gleich mitten drin in dieser farbigen Welt der Stars, im Reich der Superreichen und Erfolgreichen, um Zeuge zu werden, wie Fitzgerald sich als zweifelnder Beobachter zu behaupten versucht und in der Klatschreporterin Sheilah Graham noch einmal eine große Liebe findet. Eine universelle Geschichte über den Kampf des Künstlers um sein kreatives Potential, gegen die Nichtigkeit des Lebens und die Macht des Todes, aber auch über die persönliche Tragik eines Mannes, der alles hatte, Reichtum, Ruhm, Glück, alles verlor und am Ende seines Lebens um seine persönliche Integrität kämpfen muss. O'Nan macht daraus ein packendes Drama. Und dazu die farbige Szenerie, die Stars, die Gelage am Hotelpool, die nächtliche Brandung des Ozeans bei Mondschein, die Filmkulissen in den Studios, wo sogar die Palmen aus Pappe sind.

The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory

Author: Renee Christine Romano,Leigh Raiford

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820328146

Category: History

Page: 382

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The movement for civil rights in America peaked in the 1950s and 1960s; however, a closely related struggle, this time over the movement's legacy, has been heatedly engaged over the past two decades. How the civil rights movement is currently being remembered in American politics and culture--and why it matters--is the common theme of the thirteen essays in this unprecedented collection. Memories of the movement are being created and maintained--in ways and for purposes we sometimes only vaguely perceive--through memorials, art exhibits, community celebrations, and even street names. At least fifteen civil rights movement museums have opened since 1990; Mississippi Burning, Four Little Girls, and The Long Walk Home only begin to suggest the range of film and television dramatizations of pivotal events; corporations increasingly employ movement images to sell fast food, telephones, and more; and groups from Christian conservatives to gay rights activists have claimed the civil rights mantle. Contests over the movement's meaning are a crucial part of the continuing fight against racism and inequality. These writings look at how civil rights memories become established as fact through museum exhibits, street naming, and courtroom decisions; how our visual culture transmits the memory of the movement; how certain aspects of the movement have come to be ignored in its "official" narrative; and how other political struggles have appropriated the memory of the movement. Here is a book for anyone interested in how we collectively recall, claim, understand, and represent the past.

Pharaohs on Both Sides of the Blood-Red Waters

Prophetic Critique on Empire: Resistance, Justice, and the Power of the Hopeful Sizwe—A Transatlantic Conversation

Author: Allan Aubrey Boesak

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498296912

Category: Religion

Page: 268

View: 6340

After the civil rights and anti-apartheid struggles, are we truly living in post-racial, post-apartheid societies where the word struggle is now out of place? Do we now truly realize that, as President Obama said, the situation for the Palestinian people is "intolerable"? This book argues that this is not so, and asks, "What has Soweto to do with Ferguson, New York with Cape Town, Baltimore with Ramallah?" With South Africa, the United States, and Palestine as the most immediate points of reference, it seeks to explore the global wave of renewed struggles and nonviolent revolutions led largely by young people and the challenges these pose to prophetic theology and the church. It invites the reader to engage in a trans-Atlantic conversation on freedom, justice, peace, and dignity. These struggles for justice reflect the proposal the book discusses: there are pharaohs on both sides of the blood-red waters. Central to this conversation are the issues of faith and struggles for justice; the call for reconciliation--its possibilities and risks; the challenges of and from youth leadership; prophetic resistance; and the resilient, audacious hope without which no struggle has a future. The book argues that these revolutions will only succeed if they are claimed, embraced, and driven by the people.

The Domestication of Martin Luther King Jr.

Clarence B. Jones, Right-Wing Conservatism, and the Manipulation of the King Legacy

Author: Lewis V. Baldwin,Rufus Burrow

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621897435

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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Clarence B. Jones, close King advisor and draft speechwriter, has done much to reinforce a conservative hijacking of King's image with the publication of his controversial books What Would Martin Say? (2008) and Behind the Dream (2011). King emerges from Jones's books not as a prophetic radical who attacked systemic racial injustice, economic exploitation, and wars of aggression, but as a fiercely conservative figure who would oppose affirmative action and illegal immigration. The Domestication of Martin Luther King Jr. offers a critique of Jones's work and the larger effort on the part of right-wing conservatives to make King a useful symbol, or the sacred aura, in a protracted campaign to promote their own agenda for America. This work establishes the need to rethink King's legacy of ideas and activism and its importance for our society and culture.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 20: Social Class

Author: Larry J. Griffin,Peggy G. Hargis,Charles Reagan Wilson

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807882542

Category: Reference

Page: 528

View: 6205

This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers a timely, authoritative, and interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to social class in the South from the colonial era to the present. With introductory essays by J. Wayne Flynt and by editors Larry J. Griffin and Peggy G. Hargis, the volume is a comprehensive, stand-alone reference to this complex subject, which underpins the history of the region and shapes its future. In 58 thematic essays and 103 topical entries, the contributors explore the effects of class on all aspects of life in the South--its role in Indian removal, the Civil War, the New Deal, and the civil rights movement, for example, and how it has been manifested in religion, sports, country and gospel music, and matters of gender. Artisans and the working class, indentured workers and steelworkers, the Freedmen's Bureau and the Knights of Labor are all examined. This volume provides a full investigation of social class in the region and situates class concerns at the center of our understanding of Southern culture.

From Civil Rights to Human Rights

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice

Author: Thomas F. Jackson

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812200004

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 472

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Martin Luther King, Jr., is widely celebrated as an American civil rights hero. Yet King's nonviolent opposition to racism, militarism, and economic injustice had deeper roots and more radical implications than is commonly appreciated, Thomas F. Jackson argues in this searching reinterpretation of King's public ministry. Between the 1940s and the 1960s, King was influenced by and in turn reshaped the political cultures of the black freedom movement and democratic left. His vision of unfettered human rights drew on the diverse tenets of the African American social gospel, socialism, left-New Deal liberalism, Gandhian philosophy, and Popular Front internationalism. King's early leadership reached beyond southern desegregation and voting rights. As the freedom movement of the 1950s and early 1960s confronted poverty and economic reprisals, King championed trade union rights, equal job opportunities, metropolitan integration, and full employment. When the civil rights and antipoverty policies of the Johnson administration failed to deliver on the movement's goals of economic freedom for all, King demanded that the federal government guarantee jobs, income, and local power for poor people. When the Vietnam war stalled domestic liberalism, King called on the nation to abandon imperialism and become a global force for multiracial democracy and economic justice. Drawing widely on published and unpublished archival sources, Jackson explains the contexts and meanings of King's increasingly open call for "a radical redistribution of political and economic power" in American cities, the nation, and the world. The mid-1960s ghetto uprisings were in fact revolts against unemployment, powerlessness, police violence, and institutionalized racism, King argued. His final dream, a Poor People's March on Washington, aimed to mobilize Americans across racial and class lines to reverse a national cycle of urban conflict, political backlash, and policy retrenchment. King's vision of economic democracy and international human rights remains a powerful inspiration for those committed to ending racism and poverty in our time.

Soul of Jewish Social Justice

Author: Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

Publisher: Urim Publications

ISBN: 9655241866

Category: Religion

Page: 463

View: 4054

The Soul of Jewish Social Justice offers a novel intellectual and spiritual approach for how Jewish wisdom must be relevant and transformational in its application to the most pressing moral problems of our time. The book explores how spirituality, ritual, narratives, holidays, and tradition can enhance one’s commitment to creating a more just society. Readers will discover how the Jewish social justice ethos can help address issues of education reform, ethical consumption, the future of Israel, immigration, prison reform, violence, and business ethics.


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I May Not Get There with You

The True Martin Luther King, Jr

Author: Michael Eric Dyson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684867761

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 404

View: 3595

Arguing that Martin Luther King, Jr., should stand beside the Founding Fathers in terms of his significance to American history, the author serves up a compelling portrait of a personally flawed but nevertheless great leader.

Forces Behind His Legacy

Martin Luther King, Jr. in American Popular Memory

Author: Susan Eckelmann

Publisher: N.A



Page: 240

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The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr

Critical Essays on the Philosopher King

Author: Robert E. Birt

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739165526

Category: Philosophy

Page: 372

View: 2362

A collection of essays explores King's philosophies and how they relate to topics ranging from existentialism and Hegelian dialetics to the current conflict in the Middle East.

After the Silents

Hollywood Film Music in the Early Sound Era, 1926-1934

Author: Michael Slowik

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231535503

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 4667

Many believe Max Steiner's score for King Kong (1933) was the first important attempt at integrating background music into sound film, but a closer look at the industry's early sound era (1926–1934) reveals a more extended and fascinating story. Viewing more than two hundred films from the period, Michael Slowik launches the first comprehensive study of a long-neglected phase in Hollywood's initial development, recasting the history of film sound and its relationship to the "Golden Age" of film music (1935–1950). Slowik follows filmmakers' shifting combinations of sound and image, recapturing the volatility of this era and the variety of film music strategies that were tested, abandoned, and kept. He explores early film music experiments and accompaniment practices in opera, melodrama, musicals, radio, and silent films and discusses the impact of the advent of synchronized dialogue. He concludes with a reassessment of King Kong and its groundbreaking approach to film music, challenging the film's place and importance in the timeline of sound achievement.

Martin Luther King, the Inconvenient Hero

Author: Vincent Harding

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608332608

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 164

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In these eloquent essays, the noted scholar and activist Vincent Harding reflects on the forgotten legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the meaning of his life today. Many of these reflections are inspired by the ambiguous message surrounding the official celebration of King's birthday. Harding sees a tendency to freeze an image of King from the period of his early leadership of the Civil Rights movement, the period culminating with his famous "I Have a Dream Speech". Harding writes passionately of King's later years, when his message and witness became more radical and challenging to the status quo at every level. In those final years before his assassination King took up the struggle against racism in the urban ghettos of the North; he became an eloquent critic of the Vietnam war; he laid the foundations for the Poor People's Campaign. This widening of his message and his tactics entailed controversy even within his own movement. But they point to a consistent expansion of his critique of American injustice and his solidarity with the oppressed. It was this spirit that brought him to Memphis in 1968 to lend his support to striking sanitation workers. It was there that he paid the final price for his prophetic witness.

Martin Luther King, Jr

Author: Adam Fairclough

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820316539

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 163

View: 2403

Chronicles the life and work of the civil rights leader, discussing his philosophies and politics, his response to Black power, and his concern for the poor, both Black and white

Toward a Theology of Radical Involvement

The Theological Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr

Author: Luther D. Ivory

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 230

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The importance of Toward a Theology of Radical Involvement lies in its focus on the theological and ethical perspective of Martin Luther King, Jr. By examining the multiple, competing images of King in both academia and the public square, Ivory argues that mass public confusion and ambiguity exist today about King's identity. Consequently, the more radical and prophetic thrust of his legacy of thought and action has been blunted. Seeking to resolve the public identity crisis about King, Ivory offers the provocative thesis that King is best understood as a creative theological thinker whose activist rhetoric and emancipatory praxis were thoroughly informed and undergirded by an understanding of God and God's will for history and humanity. Hence the prophetic focus and radical character of King's thought and action culminate in a "theology of radical involvement," which gives rise to an ethic of community. King's perspective raises permanent, generative tensions in the contemporary church, academy, and culture. Ivory thus promotes a re-reading of King that gives due credence to the too-often overlooked but profound level of critical analysis, proactive revolutionary challenge, and the bold transformative vision King inspired.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Now?

Multicultural Conservatism in America

Author: Angela D. Dillard

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814721206

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

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In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Now? Angela Dillard offers the first comparative analysis of a conservatism which today cuts across the boundaries of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. To be an African-American and a conservative, or a Latino who is also a conservative and a homosexual, is to occupy an awkward and contested political position. Dillard explores the philosophies, politics, and motivation of minority conservatives such as Ward Connerly, Glenn Loury, Linda Chavez, Clarence Thomas, and Bruce Bawer, as well as their tepid reception by both the Left and Right. Welcomed cautiously by the conservative movement, they have also frequently been excoriated by those African Americans, Latinos, women, and homosexuals who view their conservatism as betrayal. Dillard's comprehensive study, among the first to take the history and political implications of multicultural conservatism seriously, is a vital source for understanding contemporary American conservatism in all its forms.