(read the full text here: My Pilgrimage to Non-violence, September 1958)
Taylor Branch's three-volume, 2,500-page chronicle, is one of the landmark biographies in American history - Reviewed by Ron Rosenbaum
“Look at the fall of the Berlin Wall, the fall of the whole Soviet Union, begun with nonviolent demonstrations in a Polish shipyard,” says Branch, sitting in the spare dining room of his modest Baltimore home. And on the afternoon we talked, there were protests in Hong Kong that echoed the Ferguson nonviolence gesture for “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” All demonstrating the persistent power of King’s strategy of nonviolence. And yet, Branch feels, the lessons of the King legacy are still not taken seriously enough. anniversary of the Civil Rights Act last July, one of the central achievements of Martin Luther King Jr.’s crusade. Then, last August, there was what has come to be known simply as “Ferguson,” the bitterness over a killing that reminded us that issues of race, violence and nonviolence are still simmering, still ready to explode at any time. And now in January, a major film called will be released nationwide that dramatizes a key moment in the evolution of King’s struggle
Selma was a turning point in King’s life as well, according to Taylor Branch, whose three-volume, 2,500-page chronicle, is one of the landmark biographies in American history.