People Who Studied Abroad #729:
Preston King, political scientist and civil rights activist
He studied German at the University of Vienna (Austria) in 1956 and 1958 and studied French literature at the University of Strasbourg (France) in 1956 and at the Sorbonne in 1957. He received his master’s and PhD degrees from the London School of Economics (United Kingdom).
In 1961, he was charged with draft evasion for refusing to report for his conscription until an all-white draft board addressed him as “Mr.”, the same way that it addressed white draftees (he was not pardoned until 2000). During his exile, he taught political science at universities in Europe, Africa and Australia.