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Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel

Gary Dorrien


Breaking White Supremacy analyzes the twentieth-century heyday of the black social gospel and its influence on the Civil Rights Movement. Asserting that Martin Luther King Jr. did not come from nowhere, it describes major figures who influenced King, offers a detailed analysis of King’s leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and his catalyzing and unifying role in the southern and northern Civil Rights Movements, and interprets the legacy of King and the black social gospel tradition.

Keywords: Martin Luther King Jr., Black social gospel, White supremacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300205619
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300205619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Dorrien, author
Columbia University