"The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader" brings together the most comprehensive anthology of primary sources available, spanning the entire history of the American civil rights movement. An important volume for students and professionals who wish to grasp the basic nature of the civil rights movement and how it changed America in fundamental ways. Aldon Morris, Northwestern University A remarkable collection . . . Indispensable. William H. Harris, Texas Southern University.
About the Author
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was a famous leader of the American civil rights movement, a political activist, and a Baptist minister. In 1964, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1977, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter. In 1986, Martin Luther King Day was established as a United States holiday. Dr. King often called for personal responsibility in fostering world peace.King's most influential and well-known public address is the "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
David J. Garrow is Senior Research Fellow at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He served as a senior advisor for Eyes on the Prize. the award-winning PBS television history of the American Black freedom struggle, and as editorial advisor for the Library of America's two-volume Reporting Civil Rights (2003). He is a university level professor and regularly contributes to distinguished popular and academic periodicals on such issues as politics, civil rights and history.