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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., left, sits with historian Lawrence D. Reddick. In 1959, Reddick published Crusader without Violence, the first biography of King. The following year, he was dismissed from his position as the chair of Alabama State University's Dept. of History for allegedly being a member of the Communist Party — a charge levied at many civil rights activists — by the State Board of Education. Photo courtesy of Derryn Eroll Moten