RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 179801111 LA English T1 The Word of the Lord is upon me : the righteous performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. A1 Rieder, Jonathan., PB Belknap Press of Harvard University Press PP Cambridge, Mass. YR 2008 SN 9780674028227 0674028228 AB ""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 bondage; black preacher or translator of blackness to the white world? This book explores the extraordinary performances through which King played with all of these possibilities, and others too, blending and gliding in and out of idioms and identities. Taking us deep into King's backstage discussions with colleagues, his preaching to black congregations, his exhortations in mass meetings, and his crossover addresses to whites, Jonathan Rieder tells a powerful story about the tangle of race, talk, and identity in the life of one of America's greatest moral and political leaders."--Jacket.