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Prologue

Troy Jackson

in Becoming King

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125206
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135045 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125206.003.0001
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This section provides a narrative of the important influence of Montgomery's civil rights movement on King's career and civil rights leadership. It observes that a closer examination of the Montgomery movement reveals how a young English professor at Alabama State University (Jo Ann Robinson) and a middle-aged Pullman porter (E. D. Nixon) played a larger role in King's civil rights leadership than a white theologian such as Reinhold Niebuhr or a global leader like Mahatma Gandhi. This book demonstrates how Montgomery and her people provided the true birthplace of Martin Luther King's civil rights leadership.

Keywords: Montgomery; King's career; civil rights; English professor; Alabama; Jo Ann Robinson; Pullman porter; E. D. Nixon

Chapter.  2687 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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