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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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“Living under the Tension”

“Living under the Tension”

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Becoming King

Troy Jackson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter explores how King and the broader community responded to threats, violence, and legal maneuvers over the last ten months of the boycott. It notes that white resistance to racial equality included the clergy, and reports that during the week after the bombing of King's home, a Fisk university researcher interviewed G. Stanley Frazier, former pastor of St. James Methodist Church in Montgomery, who attacked the MIA for attempting to use “the church as an instrument to destroy segregation.” The chapter also notes that other whites, such as Morgan and the women of the Fellowship of the Concerned, were not afraid to challenge white supremacy and took bold countercultural stands in support of the boycott.

Keywords:   King, racial equality, clergy, G. Stanley Frazier, St. James, MIA, segregation, Morgan, white supremacy

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