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St. Augustine was planning an elaborate celebration of its founding. But when only whites were invited, local black leaders protested. Ferment in the city grew, convincing Martin Luther King Jr to bring his influence to the local struggle. This memoir recounts the struggle against segregation in St. Augustine, Florida, in the early and mid 1960s.
Fredrik Sunnemark shows how materialistic, idealistic, and religious ways of explaining the world coexisted in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches and writings. He points out the roles of God, Jesus, the church, and "the beloved community" in King's rhetoric. The book closes with an analysis of King's development after 1965, examining the roots, content, and consequences of his so-called radicalization.--[book cover]