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Professor Writes New Introduction for MLK Book

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Release Date: Apr 10, 2018

Dr. Derryn E. Moten has written a new introduction for a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Derryn E. Moten, professor of history and chair of the History and Political Science Department at Alabama State University has written a new introduction for “Crusader Without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.”

Published to critical acclaim in 1959, and long out of print, the book was the first biography of King. It was written by Dr. L. D. Reddick who knew King as a youngster in Atlanta. They became reacquainted in 1956 when Reddick moved to Montgomery, where King pastored the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Reddick became a congregant and King's friend and was active with him during the bus protest.

NewSouth Book's 60th Anniversary Edition, with a new introduction containing new biographical details about its author, returns to general circulation a valuable, rare and engaging account of Martin Luther King Jr. before he became an American icon.

Reddick was a noteworthy, distinguished historian. He chaired the History Department at Alabama State College (now ASU) from 1955 until 1960. He would fall victim to Alabama's segregationist state government. 

Moten provides an introduction that puts Reddick’s biography of King into context, updates Reddick's life after he was forced to leave his teaching position in Montgomery, and explains why “Crusader Without Violence” - notwithstanding the hundreds of books published on King's life since this one - remains a significant historical document.

Riddick is a local co-president for the American Federation of Teachers and is vice chair of the AFT Higher Education Policy and Planning Council. He also is  a vice president for the Alabama AFL-CIO.

“Crusader Without Violence” is available now at local or online retailers. For more information, contact Ingram Publisher Services (IPS) at 866-400-5351 or by email at, or order via

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