Title of Chapter 10 of MLK book From Civil Rights to Human Rights. Egyptland is the name of chapter 10, and I was wondering why this might be and what it is referring to.
Thanks for your help!
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King made frequent reference to the book of Exodus in order to draw parallels between the ancient Israelites (enslaved in Egypt) and African-Americans (not enslaved anymore, but still not granted the full set of rights that come with being truly free).
...not a Promised Land but rather another Egypt-land of denial, discrimination, and dismay.
Also note that the particular phrase "Egypt-land" has a longer history than just King. For example, a similar phrase can be found in the old Negro spiritual "Go Down Moses":
When Israel was in Egypt's land/ Let my people go / Oppress'd so hard they could not stand / Let my People go / Go down, Moses, Way down in Egypt's land / Tell old Pharaoh, Let my people go.
So King (and other Civil Rights Leaders) are Moses, leading African-Americans/Israelites out of Egypt/oppression.