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To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

Michael K. Honey

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Norton
04 June 2019
History; History of the Americas; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Social discrimination; Social classes; Ethnic studies
To the Promised Land helps us to remember King as a prophet for poor and working-class people, as we carry on that campaign against racism and poverty in our own times. A terrific book. -Timothy B. Tyson, author of The Blood of Emmett Till Fifty years ago, a single bullet robbed us of one of the world's most eloquent voices for human rights and justice. To the Promised Land goes beyond the iconic view of Martin Luther King Jr. as an advocate of racial harmony to explore his profound commitment to the poor and working class and his call for nonviolent resistance to all forms of oppression, including the economic injustice that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.

Phase one of King's agenda led to the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. But King also questioned what good it does a person to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't earn enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee? In phase two of his activism, King organized poor people and demonstrated for union rights while seeking a moral revolution to replace the self-seeking individualism of the rich with an overriding concern for the common good. Either we go up together or we go down together, King cautioned, a message just as urgent in America today as then. To the Promised Land challenges us to think about what it would mean to truly fulfill King's legacy and move toward his vision of the promised land in our own time.
By:   Michael K. Honey
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   202g
ISBN:   9780393356731
ISBN 10:   0393356736
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   04 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael K. Honey, a former Southern civil rights and civil liberties organizer, is Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma, where he teaches labor, ethnic, and gender studies and American history. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and has won numerous research fellowships and book awards for his books on labor, race relations, and civil rights history, including the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Going Down Jericho Road. He lives in Tacoma with his wife, Pat Krueger.

Reviews for To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

A portrait of King that is more accurate, more troubling, and more needed than ever before.--William P. Jones, author of The March on Washington Michael Honey's important and timely new book recovers the fullness of King's social Christian vision. More than just Jim Crow's most formidable detractor, he was one of capitalism's most insistent and incisive critics. Honey leaves no doubt that, in our new Gilded Age, King's dream, marked by a longing for both racial and economic justice, remains as relevant as ever.--Heath W. Carter, author of Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a revolutionary, a dangerous man.... Michael Honey tells a compelling story of militant, revolutionary love in action. This is a dangerous book.--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination Civil rights buffs will enjoy this book. King the economic radical has renewed relevance, and Honey's work helps to shift him from static icon to dynamic thinker whose vision can guide us in taking on the grossly unfair aspects of American capitalism. To the Promised Land helps us to remember King as a prophet for poor and working-class people, as we carry on that campaign against racism and poverty in our own times. A terrific book.--Timothy B. Tyson, author of The Blood of Emmett Till To the Promised Land gives us... a truer portrait of King's radical hopes. It is an inspiration for the work ahead.--Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, author of Defying Dixie


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