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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

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

Sylvie Laurent

University of California Press

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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