The Washington Post’s Steven Levingston talks about his new book, “Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights,” which tells the story of the contentious but ultimately revolutionary relationship between the nation’s 35th president and the civil rights leader.
The book recounts how President John F. Kennedy, fearing he would alienate Southern Democrats in the Senate, did not produce the swift action on civil rights that African Americans expected from him and how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. educated Kennedy on the need for moral clarity and bold action on the issue.
The book chronicles the secret meetings, outrageous personalities and private struggles that encompassed and forever bound together the lives of these two men.
Photo credit: Chuck Kennedy/Courtesy Hachette Books
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