Montgomery Wordsworth King

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Montgomery Wordsworth King

Date: 
Feb. 5 [1964]
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Montgomery Wordsworth King Bio

Montgomery Wordsworth King (born 1909) was a professor of English at Southern University, a black college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his master's degree from Howard University, and he states in the interview that he called Pittsburgh home in his earlier life. King is the author of a book of poetry titled Born Nude and Modern (Vantage Press, 1974).

Image courtesy of and © The Archives and Manuscripts Department/John B. Cade Library/Southern University and A&M College/Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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King discusses disadvantages African Americans have in the labor market. He speaks on the decline in importance of religion among African Americans. He says that the church has become a secularized community service, a source for organization and action, and a political springboard, rather than a purely religious institution. Warren and King discuss the theological foundations of the doctrine of nonviolence. King has doubts about nonviolence as a tactic. He says that economic and political improvements for African Americans can come relatively quickly but that full social acceptance will not likely come for several generations. He discusses the changing nature of racist attitudes in the United States and says that racism has become “more subtle.” 

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