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Troy Jackson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125206

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125206.001.0001

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“They are Willing to Walk”

“They are Willing to Walk”

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Becoming King

Troy Jackson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter concerns the first two months of the bus boycott, fuelled by Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to move from a seat in the first row of a bus to accommodate a boarding white passenger. It notes that Parks' arrest thrust King into the front lines of a local movement for civil rights, and observes that his theological discussions of evil would become much more than rhetoric bolstered by occasional reminders of the ugliness of racism in the segregated South. The chapter notes that King experienced a daily battle, facing weapons as varied as the spoken word, letters, phone calls, and even bombs. It further observes that King was pushed into the role of a spokesperson for the newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), galvanizing the African American community with his inspired Holt Street address. The chapter concludes with the bombing of King's home on January 30, 1956.

Keywords:   bus boycott, Rosa Parks, civil rights, evil, rhetoric, racism, segregated South, MIA, African American, bombing

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