Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos Or Community?

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Beacon Press, Jan 1, 2010 - History - 223 pages
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King believed that the next phase in the movement would bring its own challenges, as African Americans continued to make demands for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, an education equal to that of whites, and a guarantee that the rights won in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would be enforced by the federal government. He warned that ''The persistence of racism in depth and the dawning awareness that Negro demands will necessitate structural changes in society have generated a new phase of white resistance in North and South''. King assesses the rise of Black Nationalism and the increasing use of the slogan ''Black Power'' in the movement. While he praised the slogan, he also recognized that its implied rejection of interracial coalitions and call for retaliatory violence ''prevent it from having the substance and programme to become the basic strategy for the civil rights movement in the days ahead''. Condemning the advocacy of black separatism, King maintained that there would be no genuine progress for African Americans ''unless the whole of American society takes a new turn toward greater economic justice''. Despite King's impatience with Black Power proponents, he ends the book on an optimistic note, calling for continued faith in the movement.

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Review: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

User Review  - Sheltondeverell - Goodreads

This book is instructive, as a clear example of persuasive language, as a record of the cogent intelligence behind King's speeches, and as a document that maps the main issues that motivated King and ... Read full review

Review: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

User Review  - Ben Fredrick - Goodreads

I am really amazed at how insightful Dr. King was. He had tremendous perspective, not only on the current situation but on the rivulets and streams that formed the rivers and oceans we see today in ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.(1929–1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century’s most influential figures. One of the greatest orators in U.S. history, King is the author of several books, includingStride Toward Freedom.King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.Coretta Scott King(1927–2006), the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., was an American author and human rights activist.Civil rights activistVincent Hardingwas a friend and colleague of King and worked with Coretta Scott King to establish the King Center in Atlanta, serving as its first director. A distinguished theologian and historian, he is the award-winning author of several books.

Clayborne Carsonis the general editorial advisor to the King Legacy; he is the founding director of the King Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.

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