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How Martin Luther King, Jr. Lit Up the World

Journalist Taylor Branch says most histories of the African American civil rights movement written by white people are missing heart and context. He seeks to avoid this pitfall in his new book, Parting the Waters. Branch joins Fresh Air to discuss the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. in black churches, and how John F. Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover attempted to control him for their own ends.

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Other segments from the episode on April 10, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 10, 1989: Interview with Taylor Branch; Review of Benny Carter's album "My Kind of Trouble"; Interview with Ray Anderson; Review of the television shows "Nearly…

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