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Becoming KingMartin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader$
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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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Becoming King

Troy Jackson

University Press of Kentucky

This section provides a narrative of the important influence of Montgomery's civil rights movement on King's career and civil rights leadership. It observes that a closer examination of the Montgomery movement reveals how a young English professor at Alabama State University (Jo Ann Robinson) and a middle-aged Pullman porter (E. D. Nixon) played a larger role in King's civil rights leadership than a white theologian such as Reinhold Niebuhr or a global leader like Mahatma Gandhi. This book demonstrates how Montgomery and her people provided the true birthplace of Martin Luther King's civil rights leadership.

Keywords:   Montgomery, King's career, civil rights, English professor, Alabama, Jo Ann Robinson, Pullman porter, E. D. Nixon

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