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(March 3, 1910-August 2, 1995) Born Lawrence Dunbar Reddick in Jacksonville, Florida. Educated at Fisk and University of Chicago, earning doctorate in 1939. In the same year succeeded Arthur A. Schomburg as curator of Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature (now Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) at New York Public Library. Moved to Atlanta in 1948 to become professor of history and head of the library at University of Atlanta. In 1956 took a position as chair of history department at Alabama State College in Montgomery. Worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. during the late 1950s and early 1960s, traveling with him to India and to Oslo for Nobel Prize ceremony. Dismissed from position at Alabama State in 1960 at the order of Governor John Patterson, who alleged communist sympathies (a charge Reddick denied). Subsequently taught at Coppin State Teachers' College in Baltimore (1960-67), Temple (1967-76), Harvard (1977-78), and Dillard (1978-87). Died in New Orleans. Author of Our Cause Speeds On (1957), Crusader Against Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King , Jr. (1959), The Southerner as American (1960), and Worth Fighting For: A History of the Negro in the United States during the Civil War and Reconstruction (1965, with Agnes McCarthy).