Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern by David Garrow

By David Garrow

Bearing the go: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian management convention is a 1986 e-book by means of David J. Garrow approximately Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Christian management convention, and the yank Civil Rights flow. The ebook gained the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

Bearing the move was once released by means of William Morrow and corporate, with a HarperCollins paperback in 2004.[1]

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For several years one of his close playmates had been a white child whose father owned a small grocery near the King home. After they began attending separate schools, they saw much less of each other. As King later described it: This was not my desire but his. The climax came when he told me one day that his father had demanded that he would play with me no more. I never will forget what a great shock this was to me. I immediately asked my parents about the motive behind such a statement. We were at the dinner table when the situation was discussed, and here, for the first time, I was made aware of the existence of a race problem .

King's statement angered the whites. One, Mrs. Logan A . Hipp, told King, "I resent very deeply the statement that we have come here with preconceived ideas . I most certainly did not . " Another, businessman Bailey, added that "I came here prepared to vote for liberalization of interpretation of the city's laws with certain conditions. We have some whose minds are made up and I think Reverend King is one of them . " King, taken aback b y the criticisms, said h e had been speaking only about certain whites, not all of them .

Jordan and King "were both just outraged by that," but King's overall reaction seemed "surprisingly subdued" to Jordan. " King also reacted relatively coolly a few months later when a southern white student, Lucius Z. Hall, Jr. , who had been victimized by a dorm­ room prank , blamed King for the trick and threatened him with a pistol. Hall and King had previously had "some little clashes," Marcus Wood, an older black student, later recalled, but on this occasion Hall burst into King's room, gun in hand.

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