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An unprecedented and timely collection that captures the global vision of Dr. King—in his own words
Too many people continue to think of Dr. King only as “a southern civil rights leader” or “an American Gandhi,” thus ignoring his impact on poor and oppressed people around the world. "In a Single Garment of Destiny" is the first book to treat King's positions on global liberation struggles through the prism of his own words and activities.
From the pages of this extraordinary collection, King emerges not only as an advocate for global human rights but also as a towering figure who collaborated with Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert J. Luthuli, Thich Nhat Hanh, and other national and international figures in addressing a multitude of issues we still struggle with today—from racism, poverty, and war to religious bigotry and intolerance. Introduced and edited by distinguished King scholar Lewis Baldwin, this volume breaks new ground in our understanding of King.
Baldwin (The Voice of Conscience), a Vanderbilt University religious studies professor and prolific King scholar, offers a slender, focused selection of King s positions on global liberation struggles through the prism of his own words and activities. Readers most familiar with a dreamer who has been to the mountaintop will rediscover a man whose concerns with the political were often nitty-gritty. Arranged chronologically around broad themes (racism, colonialism, poverty, war), Baldwin s introductions to each section are models of succinct and pertinent commentary that illuminate and give context to the variety of articles, letters, and brief comments (many published in book form for the first time), along with sermons and speeches. A complex thinker absorbed with worldwide issues as well as the revered spokesperson and activist at the heart of the American civil rights movement emerges as King s active interest in India, the Middle East, Ghana, Vietnam, Rhodesia, and Algeria is demonstrated. Baldwin s readable, thoughtful, and fresh compilation gives full voice to King s belief that ll inhabitants of the globe are now neighbors.