Reduced to sound bites and video-clips, Martin Luther King's image has become one of a starry-eyed dreamer and conformist, contends Dyson in this attempt to reclaim the man he views as heroic and flawed.
Second book in the "America in the King Years," trilogy, "Pillar of Fire" provides a frank, revealing portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- haunted by blackmail, factionalism, and hatred while he tried to hold the nonviolent movement together as a dramatic force in history.
Chronicles the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott sparked by Mrs. Rosa Park's refusal to give up her seat to a white male, describing the plans and problems of a nonviolent campaign, reprisals by the white community, and the eventual attainment of desecrated city bus service
Through news footage and dramatization, this program shows Martin Luther King Jr.’s arrest in Birmingham, Alabama, for defying a court order banning public demonstrations. While in jail, he wrote the document that became one of the fundamental arguments behind the civil rights movement.