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Why Martin Luther King Saw His Life as a Sacrifice

A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographer Sheds Light on the Civil Rights Icon's Spiritual Trials

September 27, 2018

David J. Garrow is the author of Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1987. Warren Olney, host of KCRW’s “To the Point,” who covered the civil rights movement as a young reporter, interviewed Garrow about King’s life in December 2017. Their conversation showed the ongoing relevance of King’s work and the message of his faith and deep commitment to equality and non-violence—including his response when …

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