Kennedy and King

Kennedy and King

The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights

eBook - 2017
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An account of the contentious relationship between the thirty-fifth president and Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the tumultuous early years of the civil rights movement explores their influence on one another and the important decisions that were inspired by their rivalry.
"The story of civil rights in the early 1960s is a tale of courageous sit-ins and marches, police brutality, violence, and murder. It is also a tale of two men: John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., a pair of gifted, charismatic, and ambitious leaders from strikingly different worlds. When they first met in 1960, as Kennedy lobbied King to back his bid for the presidency, the wealthy Irish Catholic and the Southern Baptist preacher had little natural rapport. Kennedy was cool and Witty, King taut and high-minded. Kennedy was slow to embrace a full-throated position on equality for black Americans, fearing the wrath of southern Democrats. Over the next three years---as America was transfixed by a series of dramatic demonstrations across the South--it was King, more than any other figure, who led Kennedy to finally make a moral commitment to civil rights; and it was Kennedy's hesitation that prompted King to achieve his greatest potential as an activist. This unique and transformative relationship has never been explored in such gripping fashion. From Harry Belafonte's Manhattan apartment to the Birmingham city jail to Joseph Kennedy's Palm Beach estate, [this book] delivers a narrative both public and intimate: the risky strategies, secret meetings, outrageous personalities, and private struggles that absorbed the lives of these two men--and forever bound them together."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316267373
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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"Just two days before the election, King had praised Kennedy's stand on civil rights on the Atlanta radio station WAOK. ' On the civil rights issue, ' he told Zenas Sears, a white program director and disk jockey known for broadcasting black music, ' I think he has taken a much more forthright stand within recent weeks than he did before the nomination or right after it.' " " ...because King was a political hazard, Kennedy was still leery of inviting him to the White House for a public meeting. So a secret get-together was arranged away from Pennsylvania Avenue. On April 22 1960, King joined Attorney General Robert Kennedy and several others for an off-the-record luncheon in a private dining room at the Mayflower Hotel a half-mile from the White House. King, who was allowed just one advisor, brought Stanley Levison. On the Administration's side Bobby was joined by Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall (later the custodian of the remnant of JFK's brain), who headed the Civil Rights division, black political consultant and deputy chairman of the National Democratic Committee Louis Martin, Harris Wofford, Kenneth O'Donnell, administrative assistant John Seigenthaler, and a couple other Justice Department staffers." See, the three Good Guys mentioned in this 'comment' were, each in their own way, getting too close to the eternal IT, the Cosmic Key, the solution to Free The People Now; so the forces of evil had to eliminate them, using gun fire, taking the risk of revealing themselves, by doing so. The risk--to them--was greater, to allow the Good Leaders to discover that secret to free their followers. Surely each of the three was on his way to doing so, and would have done so. Nothing indicated anything otherwise, to the evil many, and their multitudes of followers, jackals all, and hyenas too.

Jul 20, 2018

I wish I had read this before I went to Washington DC last year and visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture (and other exhibits about the civil rights movement and Civil Rights Bill of 1964). Amazing story of the difficult relationship between these two men. King and his fellow civil rights leaders basically had to shame John F. Kennedy--repeatedly over 2 years--into taking a stand against blatant southern racism in the late 50's and early 60's. But once JFK did (in June 1963), he was fully committed. His brother Bobby Kennedy (his Attorney General) was far more committed and influential in many ways. Great book and well worth the read about a turning point in history (but the story of racism that is definitely not over--especially with all that's going on in the USA).

Jul 28, 2017

Outstanding history of the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement. JFK comes off as the calculating politician at first but events on the streets and his home life allow him to see the light. MLK's soul searching as to how to proceed gives him the strength and perseverance to carry on.

Jun 13, 2017

Sounds like a mighty interesting book, and I look forward to reading it. [It was JFK who first coined the phrase, // affirmative action \\ and dispatched US Marshals to protect James Meredith during the horrendously tumultuous time the University of Mississippi was being de-segregated or integrated, the FBI was supposed to also be on site, but they somehow managed to disappear].
Interesting to note that on the day President Kennedy was murdered, the following once worked at the same FBI/SIS unit during WWII: Cartha Deloach [FBI on 11/22/63, and Deloach's cousin was a doctor at Parkland who would later order the administering of electroshock treatments to George DeMohrenschildt shortly before his suicide], J. Walton Moore [CIA man stationed in Dallas on 11/22/63], William Harvey [CIA station chief in Italy, the site whose cables were intercepted by Pfc. Dinkin, detailing the upcoming assassination], J. Gordon Shanklin [FBI SAIC stationed in Dallas on 11/22/63], Guy Banister [CIA paymaster in New Orleans on 11/22/63].
Equally interesting is that a manager of that same FBI/SIS unit during WWII was Frank Holloman, who on 1968 in Memphis, TN, when Rev. King was murdered, was a retired FBI agent who was the Police and Fire Director in Memphis.


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