ASU History Chairman to be Honored at two Events

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The chairman of Alabama State University's Department of History & Political Science, who is a noted expert on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,will be speak about King on both Thursday at the University of Alabama (UA), and on Saturday at McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro, N.C.

On both occasions, Moten will discuss “Crusader Without Violence,” a biography of Dr. King, which was first published in 1959 by Lawrence Reddick.  

This 60th anniversary edition of the aforementioned biography has been re-released with a new introduction authored by Moten, who 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forced to leave his teaching position in Montgomery, and explains why “Crusader Without Violence” remains a significant historical document.

Moten, who now chairs the ASU department that was once chaired by Reddick, will give a presentation at the UA at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 17), in room 205 of the University's Gorgas Library.

On Saturday, (Jan. 19), at 11 a.m., he will give a reading of the book at McIntyre’s in North Carolina.

During both presentations, Moten said that he will give details about the relationship between the King family and Reddick, and also about the involvement of students and faculty at what is now known as Alabama State University (formerly Alabama State College) in Montgomery, Ala.

“Dr. L. D. Reddick wrote the debut biography of Dr. King in the midst of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and while chairing the Department of History at Alabama State College,” Moten said. “The book serves as a bookend of sorts for a modern civil rights movement that saw its zenith with Brown v. Board of Education, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and saw its nadir with the respective assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Bobby Kennedy.” 

Both events are free and open to the public.