Share “Book review: 'The King Years: Historic...”

Book review: 'The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement' by Taylor Branch

In the new book “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement” (Simon & Schuster, $26), author Taylor Branch offers a new point of view about a well-known story.
By Terri Schlichenmeyer Published: February 24, 2013
Advertisement

Sometimes, the familiar looks sharper from a different perspective. In the new book “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement” (Simon & Schuster, $26), author Taylor Branch offers a new point of view about a well-known story.

In 1954, the Supreme Court rendered a decision in the case Brown v. Board of Education about the same time Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus.

Martin Luther King Jr. had recently been drafted as president of a new protest committee. Just before giving a speech, he told a friend, “This could turn into something big.”

“He was twenty-six,” says Branch, “and had not quite twelve years and four months to live.”

Students, wishing to do something for the growing movement, began holding sit-ins. Few of them made any impact initially, but one at a Woolworth's in Greensboro, N.C., changed everything.

Volunteers offered to relieve sitters while others organized to have sit-ins elsewhere, mostly in cities with Negro colleges.

Nonviolent protest was key to the sit-ins' success, and workshops were quickly formed to teach the students how to deal with everything crowds could (sometimes literally) throw at them. Arrests were made, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was founded.

By 1963, King had a court. Hollywood backed him. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was behind him.

Continue reading this story on the...


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Where does OU rank among college football's running back units?
  2. 2
    The best jobs for every personality type
  3. 3
    Lankford: Changing Washington 'takes strong families, strong churches and strong communities'
  4. 4
    Trial delayed for former sheriff's deputy charged with sexual battery
  5. 5
    County Commissioner booked on new charges; discussion on ouster set for Monday
+ show more

FEATURED JOBS



× Trending ae Article