I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

  • Title: I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
  • Author: Martin Luther King Jr. James Washington Coretta Scott King
  • ISBN: 9780062505521
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • I Have a Dream Writings and Speeches That Changed the World On August Martin Luther King Jr stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking out over thousands of troubled Americans who had gathered in the name of civil rights and uttered his now famou
    On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking out over thousands of troubled Americans who had gathered in the name of civil rights and uttered his now famous words, I have a dream It was a speech that changed the course of history.This fortieth anniversary edition honors Martin Luther King Jr s courageous dream and hisOn August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking out over thousands of troubled Americans who had gathered in the name of civil rights and uttered his now famous words, I have a dream It was a speech that changed the course of history.This fortieth anniversary edition honors Martin Luther King Jr s courageous dream and his immeasurable contribution by presenting his most memorable words in a concise and convenient edition As Coretta Scott King says in her foreword, This collection includes many of what I consider to be my husband s most important writings and orations In addition to the famed keynote address of the 1963 march on Washington, the renowned civil rights leader s most influential words included here are the Letter from a Birmingham Jail, the essay Pilgrimage to Nonviolence, and his last sermon, I See the Promised Land, preached the day before he was assassinated.

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    1. Martin Luther King, Jr was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement King was a Baptist minister, one of the few leadership roles available to black men at the time He became a civil rights activist early in his career He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott 1955 1956 and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 1957 , serving as its first president His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his I Have a Dream speech Here he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S history In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non violent means.King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 Martin Luther King, Jr Day was established as a national holiday in the United States in 1986 In 2004, King was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.


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    1. We read this for a peace and justice class I took this semester at Eastern Mennonite University, and out of the books I’ve seen on King, this one does perhaps the best job of including the entire significance of his message in just over 200 pages. All sides, from the most quoted and convenient, to the most grating and uncomfortable are included. You will recognize many quotes as they have been repeated ad infinitum in our media for decades. Some of the lesser known quotes are understandably le [...]

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    2. This is the BEST BOOK by Martin Luther King Jr.The book title is "I HAVE A DREAM".This title is so important because it talks about how Martin Luther King JR has a dream that 1 day racism will stop.That blacks and white will get along together and form a perfect Union.That 1 day is children will grow up to be important people in the world.That they will be remembered forever.This book is about how the speeches that Martin Luther King Jr made changed the world that made racism stop and made black [...]

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    3. Goodness, I've always held Martin Luther King Jr as a hero but after reading this book that belief is solidified. I didn't realize how many standards I shared with this great man until reading his words- in war, equality, nonviolence, peace, love, and unity. He was not just a man of great words but one who sealed them with his blood.

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    4. Such powerful words, especially as men and women continue to face injustice and police brutality today.

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    5. As I read this book, I came to appreciate the work of Martin Luther King Jr While he was alive, I lived too far away from the South to know what he was about. Now I have met a few people of his race, which made this book much more meaningful.The part that impressed me the most was his talk criticizing the involvement of the United States in fighting in Vietnam. He made it very clear how wrong what we were doing there was. The following two quotations are from that chapter."We must rapidly begin [...]

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    6. Since a young age I've been fascinated with history. I was in "gifted" programs in elementary and middle school. I have a BA in political science with a minor in history. I have an MA in education. I taught English and even used Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech. You hear a lot about the downfall of American education. Of course, the criticisms are often levied at math and science. You hear people fret about international testing scores and our rank. Sadly, the one thing you never hear about is [...]

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    7. "at times, life is hard, as hard as crucible steel. it has its bleak and painful moments. like the ever-flowing waters of a river, life has its moments of droughts and its moments of flood. like the ever changing cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth of the summers and the piercing chill of its winters. but through it all, god walks with us." ch resonating words that shake us time after time; provides relevance even beyond the civil rights context; philosophy largely concerned with [...]

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    8. A beacon of morality, a scalpel of social analysis, and a subtly deft use of words. One of the most inspiring and insightful books Ive ever read.

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    9. This book is very good to learn about the past and what Martin Luther King JR did for the black community and for the world to notice that where all the same. All his speeches in this book taught me how to treat others even though times are hard.This book is a good book to read over if your learning about civil rights. The book also has 20 of his best memorable writing and speeches. I suggest you should read this book

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    10. It's almost sad at how relevant Dr. King's words still are. His words should speak of a bygone era, but at least you look at what the civil rights movement tried to accomplish and make a path forward.

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    11. Reading MLK's writings and speeches in one place was very enlightening. He was a great historical scholar and the his evolution of his thinking was interesting to watch. I found his biblical support of his thinking very thoughtful.

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    12. Apart from some introductory text at the beginning of the book, and short lead-ins (about a page or less) to each of the twenty distinct pieces, the words are all Dr. King's. This has been my first real exposure to any of his writings (or speeches) in their entirety, so I don't have a basis of comparison to say if these twenty were the best choices to represent his teachings and beliefs. But the ones you'd expect to be there are there - the "I Have a Dream" speech, the Letter from a Birmingham J [...]

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    13. I loved this book. It was so amazing to read his exact words. This book had some of his most famous speeches and writings in chronological order. It was amazing to learn more about his philosophy. He was so intelligent and tried so hard to inspire people to peacefully resolve the injustices they were facing. He was an amazing teacher and leader.I have always learned about the Civil Rights movement, but have such a hard time knowing that it was only 50 years ago that these horrible things were ha [...]

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    14. Our world was once not as kind and as liberal as we seem today. In the past, there was a time period in which people discriminated each other due to their skin color. Many colored people had their Human Rights violated. Until, a man named Martin Luther King, JR. started standing up for these people and fought for colored people’s rights. Through his eyes, King believed that “we have seen the old order in our own nation, in the form of segregation and discrimination.” That’s when King dec [...]

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    15. Martin Luther King Jr. was simply amazing and this collections of writings and speeches gives a great picture of what he was like, what he stood for and how truly revolutionary and visionary he was.If people would just read what he wrote and said they would appreciate him so much more. I think especially about how King claims that poor white people should be marching with them because they are both being held down by the same force and how currently they are fighting for their oppressors. The cu [...]

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    16. I find it hard to say something that isn't totally obvious about this, but I'll say what I feel. That is: MLK was probably the finest orator of the 20th century, easily one of the best political writers, and above all most likely the easiest candidate for sainthood. These essays and speeches, though they do occasionally repeat themselves, offer the kind of intellectual, spiritual, and emotional nourishment on which humanity can feed and be revived. Several of these essays I've read before, and e [...]

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    17. I Have A Dream:Writings and Speeches That Changed the World is an excellent book that consists of many of Dr.Martin Luther King's writings.I chose to read this book because after reading and analyzing Dr. King's famous I Have A Dream Speech I realized that the 60's where something I was really interested in learning further about.Martin Luther King did an incredibly great job on fighting for equality with words.He inspired those people who were afraid to speak up and claim their rightful place a [...]

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    18. *This was not the exact copy I read. The copy I read for class was by Kadir NelsonAudience: PrimaryGenre: Picture Book/Historical FictionText-to-Self ConnectionAfter reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech in the book "I Have a Dream," I got the chills remembering how many times I was read this speech as a child. Throughout my entire life I have heard excerpts or interpretations of his speech, and can recite pieces of it from memory. It truly is an unforgettable speech, and the paintings in [...]

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    19. This book is amazing. MLK is famous for his nonviolence and his "I Have a Dream" speech, but how many people know how he got there? How he developed his philosophy, and what happened afterwards? This book will help fill in those cracks--in his own words--and give you a more complete picture of this remarkable man. Along the way, you'll marvel at how well read he was and see how he struggled to keep people on "the middle way" amid the titan forces that were tearing America apart in the 1960s. Tow [...]

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    20. I love reading about Martin Luther King Jr. and this book is one the best ones I have read. It is all about the racism issues from the civil rights movement and how Martin Luther King Jr. thought and spoke with kindness rather then with hatred. The book talked about how racism will end one day and that making a stand can make a difference. It provides many examples of Martin Luther King Jr. speeches and it is a really good read. This would be a great book to have in a classroom library for older [...]

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    21. One of the greatest orators of the twentieth century in the United States of America. The speeches and writings ring accord off the written page too from the depth of his soul and reveal what's in his blood. A historical document that connects and drives into the heart of the problems encountered by entrenched racism and how to transform them into brighter days where all of God's children can come together and hold hands singing the old negro spiritual "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almi [...]

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    22. what i learned from this book was the speeches the writers that used there minds as an instrument to change the out come of the world as it sit s today.The way you can use your thoughts and your mind to alter the false in the world to turn people go in the right direction without the acted of violence.Violence is not the key to solve every thing but the greatest atvantage that a person could every have is the mind book read books to alter your mind t the greatest key 2 success

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    23. Very impacting. It is amazing to see the progress that has occurred since he first accepted the responsibilities of being the face of racial equality. His connections between the resistance against racist oppression and the protest against the Vietnam War are very informative. King's theory that non-violent resistance needs a divine source for its momentum and foundation clearly explains why he is still recognized in today's time.

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    24. I really thought this book was a great collection of MLK's ideology through his words and writings. It does an awesome job at touching on a variety of subjects and one can get a feel for MLK's progression throughout the years. His later years are very much worth reading. "Where Do We Go From Here?", "The Drum Major Instinct", and "I See The Promised Land" were among my favorites. Such a gift this man was to us all.

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    25. This was a biography on the famous Martin luther king jr and it talks about everything he did what he said its all in here. Who influenced him which we all know was gandhi who made this man do great things with non voilence and expressing all his lifes changes of what he was trying to acheieve was all expressed in this book that you can picture martin saying and doing all these things that the book was dicussing of him.

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    26. While I chuckle every time that the good Dr. Rev. MLK mentions Thomas Jefferson (the irony is a bit much), 20th century America did not produce any finer speech writer than Dr. King. His grasp of theology, history, philosophy and the classics gave him an ability to weave prosaic thoughts like we may never see again in this, the age of specialization.

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    27. For my facebook friends plz Read that book then you will learn alot of good things , you will know how mr Marten louser king had changed US community To better how he had equaled the black and white people during his dream in a safely wayHow was US Through his time and how is US now Hopes the Egyptian president morsy follow his steps to become my home like USA in everything

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    28. Just ordered this from . I wish someone would make an hour documentary that is solely King's speeches and writings, not later interpretations. I remember being very impressed by the Christianity of his message decades ago when I read some of his writings in college.

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    29. 20 of Dr. King's most important speeches and writings, arranged chronologically and with head notes for each piece that provide a contextual timeline of the civil rights movement. I can't praise this highly enough.

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    30. FEW ORATORS SHALL EVER LIVE THAT CAN OUTDO MARTIN. AND, HE HAD THE RIGHT WORDS - EVERY TIME! HE SAID THE WORDS FLOWED THROUGH HIS BODY FROM GOD. MY FAVORITE SPEECH OF HIS IS 'FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL' WHERE HE WAS 1 OF THE 1ST BLACK MINISTERS TO COME OUT AGAINST THE VIETNAM WAR.

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