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Move Around With Deborah: What Made Dr. King's Movement Turn Global?

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Host Naimah Latif

Host Naimah Latif


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It started with a boycott of the public transportation system in Montgomery Alabama, after a young  black woman refused to give up her seat to a white man. It became a global movement for human rights, and athe song "We Shall Overcome" became the theme song for every liberation movement throughout the world. How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. eveolve into an international figure of such gigantic proportions? How did his tactic of nonviolent direct action affect those resisting the movemet for integratipn and racial equality? How were nonviolent protesters trained to take blows and not fight back? What was the obective of such a tactic,Empathyu by white observers?  Guilt and shame in the racist perpetrators? Indignation from black people? How did nonviolent direct action actually change policies and behavior? Rev. Al Sampson, head of Fernwood Church in Chicago, and a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., joins us as one who has lived the history we read about, to share his insight on the impact of Dr. King.