The Last Crusade: Martin Luther King, Jr., the FBI, and the Poor People's Campaign

Synopsis

In The Last Crusade, Gerald McKnight examines the Poor People's Campaign, the last large-scale demonstration of civil rights-era America, & the systematic efforts of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover & his executive officers to subvert King's ambitious effort to force the federal government to live up to its promises of a Great Society. The book also looks at King's last days as he helped Memphis sanitation workers in their labor-cum-civil rights struggle with a recalcitrant & racist city government. Although there is no persuasive evidence that the FBI & the Memphis police conspired to assassinate King, McKnight marshals evidence to show that neither agency was blameless. Contents: Introduction. King, Vietnam, & the Transformation of the Civil Rights Movement. The Road to Washington Goes Through Memphis. Memphis: Days of Rage, Days of Sorrow. "The Poor People Are Coming! The Poor People Are Coming!" Resurrection City-Shantytown Among the Cherry Trees. Conclusion.