06 Oct 04
Black History Month
Black History Month is a month-long celebration of the contribution made by black men and women to our heritage, held every October. It is a unique opportunity to learn about, discuss and honour the role that black people have played in shaping London's history, against a backdrop of racism, inequality and injustice at all levels.
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Publishing in November 2004 by Longman History is a key title relating to Black History: Martin Luther King Jr. by John A. Kirk (ISBN: 0582414318).
The author, Dr. John A. Kirk, is senior lecturer in American history at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is author of Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002), which won the J. G. Ragsdale book award. He has also published numerous articles and essays on the civil rights movement in the United States.
Kirk’s book offers an up-to-date assessment of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement, incorporating insights from the most recent scholarship. In doing so, he delivers a fresh perspective on the relationship between ‘the man and the movement,’ arguing that it is the interaction between national and local movement concerns that is essential to understanding King’s leadership and black activism in the 1950s and 1960s. Kirk examines King's strengths and his limitations, and weighs the role that King played in the movement alongside the contributions of other civil rights organisations and leaders, and local civil rights activists.
This title, Martin Luther King Jr., is available to purchase from
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