Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
by David J. Garrow
***Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Biography***
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“This book is Pulitzer Prize winner. It became a standard narrative of King’s life and the life of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It’s an amazing book. David Garrow spent years researching and writing it. It is a long book, but you can still cut it up into chunks so the students can read about the career of Martin Luther King from the Montgomery bus boycott, to Albany, to what happens in St. Augustine in Florida and Birmingham. The entire career of King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is in the book, and it gives students a solid grasp of the role of faith; Martin Luther King’s faith, how faith influenced him, how it shaped his activism, and how that activism mobilized communities for campaigns for justice and freedom. It’s an excellent text.” Read more...
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