Martin Luther King Jr by Richard S. Reddie
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An intimate and comprehensive behind-the-scenes portrait of one of America's most famous civil rights activists, focusing on the socio-political developments which led to his untimely death

 Martin Luther King Jr.’s public life lasted only 13 years—yet in that time, he changed the United States’ attitude toward civil rights forever and is still an inspiration to human rights movements today. He has become the epitome of courage, self-denial, compassion, and reconciliation, and exemplifies the belief that moral pressure and force of character can overcome great obstacles. But who was the real Martin Luther King Jr.? This question and more are addressed in this lively, highly informative, and thought-provoking reappraisal of the famous man, showing how King was not a “moderate” but a radical individual whose ideas on peace, war, poverty, social justice, and equality were well ahead of his time. It demonstrates how in the mid-1960s, King broadened his approach to include human rights issues as well as civil rights, and how it was this socio-political development which most concerned his detractors and hastened his downfall.


About Richard S. Reddie

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Richard S. Reddie was project director for the Churches Together in England's initiative to mark the bicentenary of the 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. He was also education policy officer for Race on the Agenda, a social policy think-tank that has been in existence for more than two decades and focuses on issues that affect black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities. He is the author of Abolition!: The Struggle to Abolish Slavery in the British Colonies.
Published November 1, 2011 by Lion Hudson. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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“When I was a young man growing up in Bradford, West Yorkshire,” Reddie, the son of Jamaican immigrants recalls, “King was second only to Jesus within our Christian household.” From this British perspective, he offers a brief biography that American readers unfamiliar with the landmark ev...

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