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The Roundtable

Martin Luther King's Mission And Its Meaning For America

Book Cover for "To the Mountaintop"

Stewart Burns’ newly revised book, "To the Mountaintop" is the history of a turbulent time that changed the course of American and world history. Moral warrior and nonviolent apostle; man of God rocked by fury, fear, and guilt; rational thinker driven by emotional and spiritual truth; Martin Luther King Jr. struggled to reconcile these divisions in his soul. Burns provides a narrative of his intellectual and spiritual journey from cautious liberal, to reluctant radical, to righteous revolutionary. He draws not only on King's speeches, letters, writings, and well-reported strategizing and activities, but also on previously underutilized oral histories of key meetings and events, which present a dramatic account of King and the movement in the crucial years from 1955 to 1968.

Burns is the former editor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers at Stanford University, he produced the Montgomery bus boycott volume, "Birth of a New Age." He published the first history of the bus boycott, "Daybreak of Freedom," which was later made into the HBO feature film "Boycott" and he has taught at the University of California, Stanford, Antioch University, and Williams College.

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