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We shall overcome : Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Black freedom struggle
Albert, Peter J.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pantheon Books in cooperation with the United States Capitol Historical Society, [1990]

Physical Description:
x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Revised versions of papers presented at a symposium held in October 1986 in Washington, D.C.
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E185.97.K5 W4 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E185.97.K5 W4 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Booklist Review

A recent symposium on Martin Luther King, Jr., and his role in the civil rights movement, sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in cooperation with the U.S. Congress and the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, brought together some contemporary leading black activists and scholars: David Garrow, Coretta Scott King, Mary Frances Berry, and Aldon D. Morris, among others. Their presentations have been transcribed and collected here, offering some rare and important insights into both the personal and the public sides of this remarkable leader. The contributors lucidly address such issues as King's ideology of nonviolent social change, his unique style of leadership, and his influence on antiapartheid thought in South Africa. Many details of King's life not found in other historical works are examined here, making this a particularly noteworthy volume. But most importantly, the book carries King's message into the 1990s as the contributors discuss how his efforts on behalf of social change continue to inspire and shape the struggle for human rights. Notes; to be indexed. --Mary Banas

Publisher's Weekly Review

This collection of papers by 15 black scholars considers King's career, education and other influences that shaped his character, and his place in Afro-American history. The essays, delivered at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Capital Historical Society in Washington, D.C., in 1986, and assembled by Albert and Hoffman, co-editors of Perspectives on the American Revolution , are accompanied by personal recollections of the slain activist. The studies point out that King's goals concerned matters beyond civil rights, such as poverty and the war in Vietnam. His impact on and support of Third World liberation campaigns are also discussed. The observations and sentiments expressed are thoughtful and inspiring, but an overview of the conference would have placed these articles in context. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is a collection of papers and comments from a symposium sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. Contributors range from leading academics like David Garrow to Civil Rights activists like Robert Moses. As a group, the essays have two main focuses: the role of religion in King's life and ideas; and the issue of the relative importance of King's personality as opposed to historical forces in creating the modern Civil Rights movement. Except for a fascinating section on King's international role and image, especially in Africa, the collection contains little new for scholars of the period. Nonetheless, it does provide a useful summary of the current state of King studies. Recommended for college, university, and large public libraries.-- Anthony O. Ed monds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.