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The Word of the Lord is upon me : the righteous performance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Author: Jonathan Rieder
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008.
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""You don't know me," Martin Luther King, Jr., once declared to those who criticized his denunciation of the Vietnam War, who wanted to confine him to the ghetto of "black" issues. Now, forty years after being felled by an assassin's bullet, it is still difficult to take the measure of the man: apostle of peace or angry prophet; sublime exponent of a beloved community or fiery Moses leading his people up from  Read more...
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Rieder, Jonathan.
Word of the Lord is upon me.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608617655
Online version:
Rieder, Jonathan.
Word of the Lord is upon me.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608623452
Named Person: Martin Luther King, Jr.; Martin Luther King, Jr.; King; King; Martin Luther King; Martin Luther King, Jr.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Rieder
ISBN: 9780674028227 0674028228
OCLC Number: 179801111
Description: x, 394 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The artistry of argument --
pt. 2. Inside the circle of the tribe --
The geometry of belonging --
Brotherhood and "brother"hood --
Backstage and blackstage --
Race men and real men --
The prophetic backstage --
pt. 2. Son of a (black) preacher man --
Flight from the folk? --
Homilies of black liberation --
Raw and refined --
pt. 3. King in the mass meetings --
Beloved black community --
The physics of deliverance --
The rationality of defiance --
The courage to be --
Free riders and freedom riders --
pt. 4. Crossing over into beloved community --
Artifice and authenticity --
Practicing what you preach --
Validating the movement --
The allure of rudeness --
Black interludes in the crossover moment.
Responsibility: Jonathan Rieder.
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"You don't know me," Martin Luther King, Jr, once declared to those who criticized his denunciation of the Vietnam War, who wanted to confine him to the ghetto of "black" issues. This work tells a  Read more...

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Sociologist Rieder has produced a careful reading of Martin Luther King Jr.'s many speaking styles. Pulling together his backstage talk with black comrades, sermons, speeches in the mass rallies of Read more...

 
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