Critical Insights: Martin Luther King Jr.

"This book is part of the highly regarded Critical Insights series from Salem Press. This volume examines and discusses the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through both the expected Critical Contexts and Critical Readings sections. After introductory remarks, an interview with Keith Miller, and a short biography of Dr. King, four chapters focus on various contexts of Dr. King’s work including the use of marching, singing, and road imagery in the civil rights movement; the traits and impact of Dr. King’s speeches and sermons; a pluralist analysis of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech; and contraries and progression in Dr. King’s writings. The Critical Readings section contains twelve chapters on Dr. King’s uses of intertextuality, balanced thinking, and balanced phrasing, Dr. King’s refusal to extemporize, precursors to the “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King’s use of proverbs and “the Samaritan Way,” whiteness and care for the other, poems inspired by Dr. King, critical reactions to the televised miniseries on Dr. King along with his “A Testament of Hope,” and a number of interviews with people who knew him or heard him speak. An extensive bibliography along with a chronology of Dr. King’s life and a list of his works makes this volume the definitive guide on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." - ARBA