How MLK’s ‘Nine Days’ In Jail Decided The 1960 Presidential Race

A new book explores the link between race and politics by diving into Martin Luther King Jr.’s arrest ahead of the 1960 presidential election.

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How MLK’s ‘Nine Days’ In Jail Decided The 1960 Presidential Race

A new book explores the link between race and politics by diving into Martin Luther King Jr.’s arrest ahead of the 1960 presidential election.

In October 1960, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for the first time during a sit-in at an Atlanta department store. The nine days that followed became a make-or-break issue between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Reset explores this slice of civil rights and presidential history as detailed in the new book, Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election.

GUEST: Paul Kendrick, author of Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election