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Alabama v. King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Criminal Trial That Launched the Civil Rights Movement

Alabama v. King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Criminal Trial That Launched the Civil Rights Movement

by David Fisher, Dan Abrams, Fred D. Gray

Narrated by Fred D. Gray, Korey Jackson

Unabridged — 12 hours, 25 minutes

David Fisher
Alabama v. King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Criminal Trial That Launched the Civil Rights Movement

Alabama v. King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Criminal Trial That Launched the Civil Rights Movement

by David Fisher, Dan Abrams, Fred D. Gray

Narrated by Fred D. Gray, Korey Jackson

Unabridged — 12 hours, 25 minutes

David Fisher

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The forgotten story of a criminal trial that brought national attention to a young defendant named Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as told by Fred D. Gray, Dr. King's lawyer and friend, along with New York Times bestselling authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher. The audiobook concludes with an exclusive conversation between Fred Gray and Dan Abrams.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. After years of mistreatment on public buses, the African American community organized a bus boycott. Eighty-nine people were indicted for violating the city's anti-boycott statute. But rather than putting each of them on trial, the prosecutors chose to make an example of just one: twenty-seven-year-old minister Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This became the moment that transformed Dr. King into a national leader.

Fred D. Gray, then twenty-four years old and one of only two Black lawyers in Montgomery, had prepared with Rosa Parks for the bus moment and now became Dr. King's first defense lawyer. The stakes were huge. This was not just a trial about a state statute; this was an attempt to launch a movement in the face of an often violent effort by a Southern city fighting to preserve segregation. And it would set Gray on a path that would lead him to making an impassioned argument to the Supreme Court against segregation in Montgomery's public transit.

On the eve of the trial, Dr. King commented, “When the history books are written in the future generations, the historians will pause and say, `There lived a great people-a Black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.'”

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Praise for Dan Abrams and David Fisher

“Dan Abrams and David Fisher write the heart-pounding pulse of history.” —Diane Sawyer on Lincoln’s Last Trial

“Abrams and Fisher do a superb job of clearly presenting the issues in this remarkable and intensely dramatic trial.”
—Scott Turow on Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense

“Abrams and Fisher are gifted writers, and their prose is neither overly spare nor showy; they're clearly fascinated by the trial, and their enthusiasm for their subject matter shows.” —NPR on Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense

“The authors do a remarkable job of spinning the court transcripts into a fascinating tale of intrigue and underscoring the men and the issues at play.”—Fredericksburg Book Review on John Adams Under Fire

“An engrossing, lively and expertly crafted courtroom drama filled with colorful characters and having significant resonance for the present."—Washington Post on Kennedy’s Avenger

"Clear, straightforward writing and superb research that pays attention to tension as well as humor make this riveting courtroom drama that feels as alive as it did it 1963."NPR on Kennedy's Avenger

Praise for Alabama v. King

“A fascinating story of grit, determination and courtroom acumen. … The stirring tale of how an inexperienced 25-year-old lawyer, only two years out of law school, played a pivotal role in King’s emergence as the ‘American Gandhi’ is a story for the ages.”—The New York Times

"Poignant, sometimes harrowing."—Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940176319569
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2022
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,306,820

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