Dream and LegacyDr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Dream and LegacyDr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Michael L. Clemons, Donathan L. Brown, and William H. L. Dorsey

Print publication date: 2019

ISBN: 9781496811844

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi


This book examines how Martin Luther King's life and work had a profound, if unpredictable, impact on the course of the United States since the civil rights era. A global icon of freedom, justice, and equality, King is recognized worldwide as a beacon in the struggles of peoples seeking to eradicate oppression, entrenched poverty, social deprivation, as well as political and economic disfranchisement. While Dr. King's work and ideas have gained broad traction, some powerful people misappropriate the symbol of King, skewing his legacy. With unique, multidisciplinary works by scholars from around the country, this anthology focuses on contemporary social policies and issues in America. Collectively, these pieces explore wide-ranging issues and contemporary social developments through the lens of Dr. King's perceptions, analysis, and prescriptions. Essayists bring a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to social policies and current issues in light of his ideals. They strive to glean new approaches and solutions that comport with Dr. King's vision. Organized into three sections, the book focuses on selected issues in contemporary domestic politics and policy, foreign policy and foreign affairs, and social developments that impinge upon African Americans and Americans in general. Essays shed light on Dr. King's perspective related to crime and justice, the right to vote, the hip hop movement, American foreign policy in the Middle East and Africa, healthcare, and other pressing issues. This book infers what Dr. King's response and actions might be on important and problematic contemporary policy and social issues that have arisen in the post-civil rights era.

Table of Contents


Michael L. Clemons, Donathan L. Brown, and William H. L. Dorsey

Part I Politics and Public Policy

Through the Eyes of King

Donathan L. Brown

The Ideals and Vision of the Late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jason M. Williams and Helen Taylor Greene

A Vision for Racial Congruence

Alonzo M. Flowers III and Rosa M. Banda

African American Healthcare

Marcus L. Martin, Audrey E. Snyder, Jamela M. Martin, Taj’ullah Sky Lark, Hannah Firdyiwek, and Leslie Walker

Part II Foreign Affairs and Africa

Toward Foreign Policy Justice?

Michael L. Clemons

Part III Social Developments

A Dream That Occurred or a Dream Deferred?

Byron D’Andra Orey, Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey, and Athena M. King

On Redefining Civil Rights

Amardo Rodriguez


Michael L. Clemons

End Matter