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King and the Other AmericaThe Poor People's Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality$
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Sylvie Laurent

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288560

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288560.001.0001

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The Torchbearer

The Torchbearer

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(p.76) 4 The Torchbearer
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King and the Other America
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Sylvie Laurent

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288560.003.0005

This chapter examines King’s own intellectual journey and the cogitation he underwent on his way to launching the Poor People’s Campaign. It reflects on his usage of a Marxian-infused vocabulary and his attempt to reconcile his religiosity and his determination to move beyond charity to embrace a truly solidarity-based economy. His social consciousness, abhorrent of the profit-driven society he lived in, compelled him to address the class-related issues that rendered capitalism, contingent on racial oppression, unsustainable.

Keywords:   Chicago, ghetto, exploitation, power, marxism

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