Writers LIVE: Steven Levingston, Kennedy and King: The President, The Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights

Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30pm

Central Library, African American Department 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

On July 11, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation, speaking passionately about civil rights as a moral issue and proposing new legislation that would ensure equal treatment for all Americans. It had taken Kennedy nearly three years to find his voice on civil rights; he had resisted taking a firm stand, preferring to concentrate on other issues such as the economy and foreign affairs. But, despite enormous obstacles, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. persisted in pricking the president's conscience by word and deed and proved instrumental in leading Kennedy toward his transformation. In Kennedy and King, Steven Levingston weaves the gripping and insightful tale of the contentious but ultimately revolutionary relationship between two of the 20th century's greatest leaders.

Steven Levingston is the nonfiction book editor of the Washington Post and the author of Little Demon in the City of Light. He has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, and Paris and reported and edited for the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the author's book on sale at a booksigning following the program.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

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