Reclaiming the Great World House
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Reclaiming the Great World House

The Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.

Edited by Vicki L. Crawford and Lewis V. Baldwin

Foreword by Robert Franklin

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Pages: 392

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 10/05/2019

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5604-4

List Price: $38.95


Pub Date: 10/05/2019

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5602-0

List Price: $104.95

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Published with the generous support of Sarah Mills Hodge Fund

Reclaiming the Great World House

The Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.

Edited by Vicki L. Crawford and Lewis V. Baldwin

Foreword by Robert Franklin

A global context for understanding the intellectual and sociopolitical legacy of MLK in the twenty-first century

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The burgeoning terrain of Martin Luther King Jr. studies is leading to a new appreciation of his thought and its meaningfulness for the emergence and shaping of the twenty-first-century world. This volume brings together an impressive array of scholars from various backgrounds and disciplines to explore the global significance of King—then, now, and in the future.

Employing King’s metaphor of “the great world house,” the major focus is on King’s appraisal of the global-human struggle in the 1950s and 1960s, his relevance for today’s world, and how future generations might constructively apply or appropriate his key ideas and values in addressing racism, poverty and economic injustice, militarism, sexism, homophobia, the environmental crisis, globalization, and other challenges confronting humanity today. The contributors treat King in context and beyond context, taking seriously the historical King while also exploring how his name, activities, contributions, and legacy are still associated with a globalized rights culture.

We may need to understand the mission and the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. now more than ever before. Many try to define what he has meant to this country and the world but fall short. For those who yearn for his voice, this book provides an exceptional opportunity to hear from scholars who have studied him deeply and are keepers of his flame. This book is a chance to discover how King helped lead the fifty-year transformation of American society and the ways we can continue to demand respect for human dignity today.

—U.S. Representative John Lewis

Perhaps the best way to summarize this instructive volume is to conclude that King did not leave us precise instructions regarding how to live peacefully in the world house, but he did call upon us to learn for ourselves how to 'live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools.'

—Journal of American History

Victor Anderson

Lewis V. Baldwin

Rufus Burrow Jr

Crystal A. deGregory

Teresa Delgado

Walter E. Fluker

Robert Franklin

Mary E. King

Hak Joon Lee

Althea Legal-Miller

Michael B. McCormack

Larry Rivers

Rosetta E. Ross

Gary S. Selby

Amy E. Steele

Nimi Wariboko

About the Author/Editor

Vicki L. Crawford (Editor)
VICKI L. CRAWFORD is the director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection at Morehouse College and general editor of the Morehouse College King Collection Series on Civil and Human Rights. She is a coeditor of Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941–1965 and the author of numerous scholarly articles.

Lewis V. Baldwin (Editor)
LEWIS V. BALDWIN is a professor emeritus of religious studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of many books, including To Make the Wounded Whole: The Cultural Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.; Toward the Beloved Community: Martin Luther King Jr. and South Africa; and Behind the Public Veil: The Humanness of Martin Luther King Jr.