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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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“Bigger than Montgomery”

“Bigger than Montgomery”

(p.147) 6 “Bigger than Montgomery”
Becoming King

Troy Jackson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines how King gradually turned his attention away from Montgomery during his last three years at Dexter. It observes that by the time King departed the city, his focus had shifted to the national stage, to a struggle bigger than Montgomery, as the local community labored to sustain the momentum generated by the boycott. The chapter further observes that a U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting integrated buses in the city proved more of a victory for King and the burgeoning national civil rights movement than it did for Montgomery's African American community. It notes that King's attention turned to broader regional challenges and that he capitalized on the momentum of Montgomery to bring about racial change and integration throughout the South.

Keywords:   Montgomery, Dexter, Supreme Court, integrated buses, civil rights, African American, racial change, South

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