“The Magnificent Drama”: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

Presented By Michael Butler

The civil rights movement in St. Augustine received national attention when Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the city in 1964. Why did he come to St. Augustine, what were his goals, and how did his two appearances impact an already-vibrant local struggle? This presentation places what Dr. King called “the magnificent drama” within context of a movement where local and national objectives both complemented and contradicted each other in ways that continue to impact contemporary race relations.

Dr. J. Michael Butler is an Associate Professor of History at Flagler College, where he has taught since August 2008. He received both his Masters and Doctorate in History from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century Southern history with an emphasis on the civil rights movement. Dr. Butler co-authored Victory After the Fall: The Memories of Civil Rights Activist H. K. Matthews, has published essays in the Journal of Southern History, the Florida Historical Quarterly, Southern Cultures, Popular Music and Society, and the Journal of Mississippi History, and written multiple reviews and encyclopedia entries for various academic journals. His latest manuscript is titled Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-2000 and will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in Spring 2016.

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