Chapter

“Bigger than Montgomery”

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/9780813125206.003.0007
“Bigger than Montgomery”

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This chapter examines how King gradually turned his attention away from Montgomery during his last three years at Dexter. It observes that by the time King departed the city, his focus had shifted to the national stage, to a struggle bigger than Montgomery, as the local community labored to sustain the momentum generated by the boycott. The chapter further observes that a U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting integrated buses in the city proved more of a victory for King and the burgeoning national civil rights movement than it did for Montgomery's African American community. It notes that King's attention turned to broader regional challenges and that he capitalized on the momentum of Montgomery to bring about racial change and integration throughout the South.

Keywords: Montgomery; Dexter; Supreme Court; integrated buses; civil rights; African American; racial change; South

Chapter.  13874 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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