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Breaking White SupremacyMartin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel$
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Gary Dorrien

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300205619

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300205619.001.0001

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Nightmare Fury and Public Sacrifice

Nightmare Fury and Public Sacrifice

(p.355) 6 Nightmare Fury and Public Sacrifice
Breaking White Supremacy

Gary Dorrien

Yale University Press

Martin Luther King Jr. was more radical and angry in 1960 than in 1955, more of both in 1965 than in 1960, and more of both in 1968 than ever. The great demonstrations in Birmingham, St. Augustine, and Selma yielded the civil rights bills, but King struggled to adjust to the rise of Black Power and dared to oppose the Vietnam War, burning his alliance with President Johnson. King provided the theology of social justice that the civil rights movement spoke and sang.

Keywords:   Selma, Black Power, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Nonviolence, Christian socialism, Malcolm X, The dream and the nightmare, Poor Peoples Campaign

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