Dream and Legacy, Volume II
Revisiting King in the Post-Civil Rights Era
An examination of race and politics since 2020 through the lens of Martin Luther King's vision
Contributions by Robert Adams Jr., Shenita Brazelton, Donathan L. Brown, Owen Brown Jr., Michael L. Clemons, Daphne Cooper, LaTasha Chaffin Dehaan, William H. L. Dorsey, Bertis D. English, Precious D. Hall, Beverly Johnson, Natasha Altema McNeely, Maurice Mangum, Amardo Rodriguez, Randall Swain, Edward V. Wallace, Ingrid P. Whitaker, and Mark M. Whitaker
Beginning early in his career, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized the moral and humanitarian need to pursue social justice and equity for marginalized Americans, those for whom the American dream had proven to be an elusive ideal. In Dream and Legacy, Volume II: Revisiting King in the Post-Civil Rights Era, contributors sift through the historical record, engaging one of America’s most consequential, radical historical traditions.
Despite robust reform efforts since the 1930s, a wide range of policy-related challenges plague the lives of African Americans, other persons of color, women, and the poor in the twenty-first century. This anthology, like the first from coeditors Michael L. Clemons, Donathan L. Brown, and William H. L. Dorsey, applies the ideology and activism of Dr. King to its analysis of contemporary sociopolitical issues in the United States and abroad. The project begins with a foreword that situates the subsequent essays within the context of contemporary social developments. Grouped into themed sections, the essays cover such topics as voting rights, public protest, police brutality, poverty and wage discrimination, healthcare, and more. The epilogue concludes with a discussion of the timeless impact of Dr. King’s philosophy and activism, as well as the implications of his work for the future of domestic and global leadership. Dream and Legacy, Volume II identifies a variety of practical lessons that can help resolve contemporary social problems.
"In the many years that have passed since his assassination, we are still debating the legacy of Dr. King. Unfortunately, discrimination remains in America, and it disproportionately impacts poor people of color. The essays in Dream and Legacy, Volume II highlight the many discriminatory barriers that we continue to fight as a society."- Sharon Wright Austin, professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida