Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Garrow ’75 talks about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mass market advice journalism with Anna Holmes of The Washington Post.
‘I’m surprised people haven’t paid more attention’ to [King’s Ebony magazine columns] says David Garrow, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. ‘Most of King’s sermons and speeches are coming from the same mental database of biblical stories, but this column gives you a window onto the person that you don’t get from reading the transcript of the sermon he gave the preceding Sunday.’
In addition to proffering guidance on everything from marital strife to institutional racism, King’s column was notable for what it symbolized: the mainstreaming of the black experience.
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