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Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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What was Martin Luther King Jr. really like? In this groundbreaking volume, Lewis V. Baldwin answers this question by focusing on the man himself. Drawing on the testimonies of friends, family, and closest associates, this volume adds much-needed biographical background to the discussion, as Baldwin looks beyond all of the mythic, messianic, and iconic images to treat King in terms of his fundamental and vivid humanness. Special attention is devoted to King’s personal insecurities and struggles, his humility and affinity to common people, his delight in pleasant and passionate conversation, his insatiable love for the precious but ordinary things of life, his robust appetite for artfully-prepared and delicious soul food, his enduring appreciation for music and dance, his cheerful and playful attitude and spirit, his abiding interest in games and sports, and his amazing gift of wit, humor, and laughter. King emerges here as an ordinary human being who enjoyed and celebrated life to the fullest, but was never bigger than life. Here we see the personal qualities of King—as a real, fleshly human being—and also as a man shaped by his social and cultural experiences and locations. This book reclaims the man behind the mythology.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreward
  2. Frye Gaillard
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. “A Regular Fella”: The Boy Named M. L. King, Jr.
  2. pp. 17-60
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  1. 2. “The Measure of a Man”: Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
  2. pp. 61-116
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  1. 3. “Let Us Break Bread Together”: Martin Luther King, Jr., Southern Cooking, and the Socio-Cultural Significance of Food and Eating
  2. pp. 117-156
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  1. 4. “Let Our Rejoicing Rise”: Music as a Central, Living Element in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. pp. 157-222
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  1. 5. “His Child’s Heart”: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s World of Play and Sports
  2. pp. 223-258
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  1. 6. “To Joy and Mirth”: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Gift of Folk Wit, Humor, and Laughter
  2. pp. 259-320
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  1. 7. “A Good Man, But Not a God”
  2. pp. 321-324
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-344
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  1. Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
  2. pp. 345-346
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  1. Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. pp. 347-348
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 349-357
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781506405629
Related ISBN
9781506405612
MARC Record
OCLC
951594911
Pages
440
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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