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To the promised land - Martin Luther King and the fight for economic justice
Michael K Honey
Paperback / softback
W.W. Norton and Company
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Drawing on a new generation of scholarship about the civil rights era in America, To the Promised Land goes beyond the iconic view of Martin Luther King as an advocate of racial harmony to explore his profound commitment to the poor and working class, and his call for "non-violent resistance" to all forms of oppression, including economic injustice.

Phase one of that struggle led to the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. In phase two, King organised poor people and demonstrated for union rights, while seeking a "moral revolution" to replace the self-seeking individualism of the rich with an overriding concern for the common good. To the Promised Land asks us to think about what it would mean to truly fulfil King's legacy and move towards what he called "the Promised Land" in our own time.

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Michael K. Honey, a former Southern civil rights and civil liberties organizer, is Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma, where he teaches labor, ethnic, and gender studies and American history. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and has won numerous research fellowships and book awards for his books on labor, race relations, and civil rights history, including the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Going Down Jericho Road. He lives in Tacoma with his wife, Pat Krueger.

Of the present crop, Michael K Honey's To the Promised Land is the most cogent biography, focusing on King's fight for economic justice.

Keyword Index
Equality - Economic aspects - United States - History - 20th century.|African Americans - Economic conditions - 20th century.|African Americans - Civil rights - History - 20th century.|Civil rights movements - United States - History - 20th century.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
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