This indispensable resource explores the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. and includes a robust biographical narrative that discusses his early life and adult ministry from the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956 to the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike in 1968.
The book goes beyond the typical biography by exploring King’s achievements within the context of American history. Chapters are organized chronologically, and a supplementary chapter, “Why King Matters,” explores King’s cultural and historical significance. Carefully curated “Cultural Connections” are placed throughout the text to help students connect the dots between the subject and the larger context of social, political, intellectual, and pop culture in American history. The work also provides a detailed timeline and primary document excerpts.
- Synthesizes the latest secondary sources exploring King’s legacy
- Includes excerpts of primary sources written to and by King, enabling a fuller comprehension of his influence and work
- Places King within the dynamic and volatile political environments of the 1950s and 1960s