First of all, I would like to thank my editors: Walter Biggins, executive editor of the University of Georgia Press, and Vicki Crawford, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and an associate professor of African-American Studies at Morehouse College. Both were patient and encouraging from the outset, and I am grateful for their professionalism and their support. Thanks also to project editor Thomas Roche.
I owe a great deal to the staffs in various archives in the United States who were so helpful and generous with their time, support, and advice. Primary source material for the book was drawn from the following archives: the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Morehouse College, Atlanta; the King Library and Archives, King Center, Atlanta; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (including the Catherine Clarke Civil Rights Collection and the Albert E. Gollin Collection), New York; the Hosea Williams Collection, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta; the Ralph J. Bunche Oral History Collection, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Manuscript Division, Howard University, Washington, D.C.; and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Papers at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University.
Many individuals offered crucial advice and support, including Bernard Lafayette, who was appointed by King as the national director of the PPC in 1968. From our first meeting in 2014, when I began working on scholarly articles on the PPC, Bernard offered invaluable support and guidance. As the founding director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, Lafayette continues to lead education and training programs in Kingian nonviolence (strategies of nonviolent social change) on state, national, and international levels. In our various meetings over the years, he has been unfailingly gracious and has offered many unique insights. I also express my appreciation to Charles Lewis, president of the SCLC, who kindly met with me in his office with Lafayette to discuss the Poor People’s Campaign. Tyrone Brooks of the SCLC provided important information on both the Mule Train and Resurrection City. I would also like to thank Lalage Bown, whose zeal for adult education and the difference it can make in people’s lives is undiminished more than twenty-five years after her retirement as a professor of adult and continuing education at the University of Glasgow. She read drafts of the book, and her insights were invaluable. I also appreciate Claire Gilmour, whose work on the endnotes and general formatting of the book was so important.
Portions of the book previously appeared as “Did the Dream End There? Adult Education and Resurrection City, 1968,” Studies in the Education of Adults 45, no. 1 (2013): 4–26, and “The Mule Train: Adult Learning and the Poor People’s Campaign, 1968,” Studies in the Education of Adults 48, no. 1 (2016): 38–64. I would like to thank Jim Crowther, former editor of Studies in the Education of Adults, for his advice and support.
This book could not have been completed without the support of colleagues. My appreciation to Stella Heath, director of Short Courses at the University of Glasgow, and all of my colleagues past and present. My gratitude to friends who provided encouragement and insights into civil rights and social justice issues. Finally, I offer thanks to all members of my extended family for their support during the writing of this book. Special thanks to my twin brother and best friend, Craig Hamilton; to my mother, Marjory Hamilton; and to May and Douglas.