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I was reading a little about this man mainly because his daughter is a Labour Member of Parliament, though ironically considered to be on the right of the party, and a staunch supporter of the Iraq War. I was just wondering how well known is he, or would only specialists in the civil-rights movement know him in America?
 

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i haven't heard of him. if he's a politician in britain, then i think the answer for about 99% of americans will be that they don't know who he is. we are only familiar with tony blair, the man in charge. similarly, i would think many americans are only familiar with george w bush (and probably john kerry due to the recent election). i would be surprised if an englishman was able to name a senator from colorado, or virginia, or new hampshire.
 

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Preston king, i dont know either..

but Preston is a well knwn name, and king is also well known, but when you put preton and king together, no one knows.
 

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He's an African-American, and was a close ally of Martin Luther-King though is no relation, his daughter is a politician in Britain, where he fled to avoid the draft.

Out of interest and being blunt, is everyone who replied non-afican-amerian?
 

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I wasn't very clear in my first post, but to be honest the CNN Article I read presnted him as a leading figure in the civil-rights movement, so perhaps well known to those who studied it, obviously not.
 

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Well I think I have had my answer, I think you'd have to have a pretty deep knowledge of the whole civil-rights movement to have heard of him, judging by the comments here, certainly I hadn't heard of him until I stumbled across him in an article, but I guessed in America, he might be a little more well known, he must have been a relatively small part in the civil-rights movement, or perhaps its an older generation thing.

Thanks.
 

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No the draft in america, he fled to uk to avoid the us draft, but I've heard of him, and I know he was involved in some civil rights thing, didn't know 'bout his daughter, or much else about him.
 

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Lostboy said:
He's an African-American, and was a close ally of Martin Luther-King though is no relation, his daughter is a politician in Britain, where he fled to avoid the draft.

Out of interest and being blunt, is everyone who replied non-afican-amerian?
Are blacks in the UK referred to as "African-Americans"?
 
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