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207 INDEX Aaron (brother of Moses), 31, 33, 119 Abernathy, Ralph David: and Birmingham campaign, 143-54; 187n51, 191n34; and Freedom Rides, 139; and Montgomery bus boycott, 73, 75, 185n8; as King’s confidant, 52; as target of bombing, 94 abolition, 38 “Address to the Slaves of the United States of America,” 47 Africa, 107–12 African American church. See black church “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” 147–48, 152–55, 192n59 Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), 6, 141, 153 Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights choir, 153 Alabama state troopers, 6 Albanycampaign,55,47–48,140–41, 192n59 Amalekites, 40 American Baptist Assembly, 77, 120 American Home Missions Agency, 175n26, 185n7 Amorites, 30, 80, 84, 118, 121, 133, 146 Anniston, 139 anticolonialism. See colonialism antimetabole, 111 apocalyptic, 97, 102, 187n8 apostrophe, 124 archetype, 28, 63, 117–19, 184n18, 188n10; Exodus narrative as, 10, 41; good vs. evil as, 63; metaphors as, 102; dramatic persona as, 117, 132; reversal as, 92, 102 Asante, Molefi K., 35, 180n18 Atlanta: boyhood home of Martin Luther King, 129–30; segregation in, 153; location of Marcus Garvey’s imprisonment, 48; location of King’s first involvement with sit-in movement, 139; location of King’s NAACP Emancipation Day Rally Speech, 146; location of King’s Spelman College Founder’s Day address, 132, 147 Bakhtin, M. M., 20 Bakke, John, 19 Beard, Rev. Luke, 4 Bell, Catherine, 24 Bennett, L. Roy, 118n1 Bennett, W. Lance, 102, 117n20 Bevel, James, 151, 154 Billups, Rev. Charles, 143 Birmingham: as nation’s most racially oppressive city, 2, 36; as high point of civil rights movement, 7, 10–11, 137–38, 141, 163–65, 167–68; campaign in, 2, 6, 9, 136–61, 170, 191n43; church bombing in, 5; industrialists’ funding of black 208 INDEX churches in, 4; opposition of white religious leaders to campaign in, 183n6 “Birth of a New Nation,” 91–114, 172; as paradigmatic application of the Exodus story to the civil rights movement, 28, 58, 164 Bishop, Ronald, 18 black church: as purveyor of Exodus myth, 49; attacks on, 94, 99, 112, 163; role in civil rights movement, 5–6, 42, 75, 93, 115, 129, 144–45, 166; tradition of accommodation to segregation in, 4, 173n8; tradition of activism in, 4. See also black preaching, preachers, religion black preaching: among slaves, 35; in civil rights movement, 145; style in, 111, 153, 167; traditional response to racism, 4, 173n8. See also black church, preachers, religion Black Power, 166, 187n51 Bleicher, Joseph, 188n8 Bobbit, David, 187n8 Boje, David M., 20 Bontemps, Arna, 34 Booker, James, 175n23, 185n17 Booth, Wayne C., 17, 59 Boston University, 115 Branch, Taylor, 73, 174n13 Britain, 44, 97, 100, 102–3, 106–7, 178n43 Brooks, Phillips, 183n7 Brown, Sterling, 36, 181n31 Brown v. Board of Education, 51, 57, 69; as Red Sea crossing, 9, 64, 76, 78, 103, 105 Browne, Stephen H., 28, 176n4, 178n43, 179n48 Brueggeman, Walter, 33 Brummett, Barry, 187n8 Bryant, M. Edward, 40, 44 Buckingham Palace, 100 Buechler, Steven M., 176n5 Bunche, Ralph, 97 Burke, Kenneth: influence on Victor Turner, 179n59; influence on Walter Fisher, 177n19; on narrative , 22; on rhetoric as dramatism, 176n14, 177n18; on the psychology of form 15–17, 20, 22, 25, 184n18 Burns, Stewart, 174n14 Burrell, Savilla, 34, 46 Campbell, Paul N., 116 Canaan: as goal of civil rights movement , 2, 45, 48, 90; in Abernathy speech, 147; in African American cultural tradition, 27, 40, 44; in biblical account of the Exodus, 30, 32, 34, 86, 119; in King’s speeches, 27, 80, 84, 86, 96, 100– 101, 103, 105, 107–8, 112, 114, 121, 132–33, 146, 172; in negro spirituals, 35, 36, 37, 181n26 Carson, Clayborne, 171, 183n1, 183n7 Carver, George Washington, 41 Casey, Michael W., 116 character: as archetype 28; as element in narrative and drama, 14–15, 17, 63, 85, 116; development of, 17–19, 21–22, 25, 29; of Aaron in biblical account of the Exodus, 33; of Israel in King’s speeches, 52, 59–62, 68, 108, 164; of Moses in the African American cultural tradition, 41; of Moses in biblical account of the Exodus, 33; of Moses in King’s speeches, 116, 126, 128 Childs, Brevard S., 180n13 Christ. See Jesus Christianity. See religion chronotope, 20, 157 chronotopic. See chronotope Church of England, 101, 107 church, black. See black church Ciampa, P. J., 19 INDEX 209 Civil Rights Act of 1964, 3 civil rights movement: Birmingham protest as high point of, 137, 141, 160...



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  • King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 -- Language.
  • Exodus, The -- Sermons.
  • Exodus, The.
  • African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
  • Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century
  • Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., 1929-1968 -- Oratory.
  • Rhetoric -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Rhetoric -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- 20th century.
  • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
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