Current injustices and public policy examined in light of M. L. K.'s vision
Contributions by Rosa M. Banda,
Michael L. Clemons, Lakeyta M.
Bonnette-Bailey, Donathan L. Brown,
Hannah Firdyiwek, Alonzo M. Flowers
III, Helen Taylor Greene, William
G. Jones, Athena M. King, Taj'ullah
Sky Lark, Jamela M. Martin, Marcus
L. Martin, Byron D'Andra Orey,
Amardo Rodriguez, Audrey E.
Snyder, James L. Taylor, Leslie U.
Walker, and Jason M. Williams
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.
Michael L. Clemons, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is professor of
political science and African American studies at Old Dominion
University and founding editor of the Journal of Race and Policy.
Donathan L. Brown, Ithaca, New York, is associate professor
of communication studies and 2017 Fulbright Scholar at Ithaca
College. William H. L. Dorsey, East Point, Georgia, is professor
of sociology and African American studies at Atlanta Metropolitan
208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 7 figures, 6 tables, introduction, bibliography, index