Voice of Deliverance: The Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Its Sources

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byKeith Miller

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s words defined, mobilized, and embodied much of the American civil rights movement, crystallizing the hope and demand for racial justice in America. His powerful sermons and speeches were unique in their ability to unite blacks and whites in the quest for reform. In the first full-length study of King's language, Keith D. Miller explores his words to find the intellectual roots, spiritual resonances, and actual sources of the speeches and essays that continue to reverberate in America's mind and conscience.

Miller argues that King's skillful borrowing and blending of the black oral and white written traditions was in fact the key to his language and to his effectiveness. It made his message of hope and deliverance accessible to all people and enabled blacks and whites to move in harmony to action and commitment.

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Keith D. Miller exposes and explores the intellectual, social and textual sources of Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful speeches and sermons. Challenging mainstream views on King’s influences, Voice of Deliverance argues that his strength and universal appeal came from skillful blending of black oral and white written traditions.

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s words defined, mobilized, and embodied much of the American civil rights movement, crystallizing the hope and demand for racial justice in America. His powerful sermons and speeches were unique in their ability to unite blacks and whites in the quest for reform. In the first full-length study of King's language...

Keith Miller is a professor of English at Arizona State University in Tempe.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.64 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Georgia Press

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ISBN - 10:0820320137

ISBN - 13:9780820320137

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Keith D. Miller exposes and explores the intellectual, social and textual sources of Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful speeches and sermons. Challenging mainstream views on King’s influences, Voice of Deliverance argues that his strength and universal appeal came from skillful blending of black oral and white written traditions.

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This well-researched book . . . achieve[s] a groundbreaking understanding of King's ability to motivate Americans to achieve social change.

- Washington Post Book World