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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Bravo Ltd; 40th aniversary ed. edition (17 Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062505521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062505521
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"HIS LIFE INFORMED US, HIS DREAMS SUSTAIN US"

-from the Citation of the posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., July 4,1977

Martin Luther King's twenty most memorable writings and speeches are presented in this concise and convenient paperback edition. Among the famed civil rights leader's most influential words included here are the keynote address of the 1963 march on Washington: the "I have a Dream" speech, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," the essay "Pilgrimage to Non-violence," and "I See the Promised Land," the sermon he preached the day before he was assassinated.

Editor James M. Washington has arranged the selections chronologically, providing keynotes for each selection that give a running history of the Civil
Rights movement and related events. In his introduction, Washington assesses King's times and significance. As Coretta Scott King points out in her forward, "with the publication of this edition of ' I have a dream: Writings and speeches that Changed the World,' we now have an accessible, yet representative anthology of Martin Luther King's writings"

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR (1929-1968), civil rights leader and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, inspired and sustained the struggle for freedom, non-violence, interracial brotherhood, and social justice.

JAMES M. WASHINGTON, professor of theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, is a leading authority on Martin Luther King, JR., and American religious history.

About the Author

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), civil rights leader and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, inspired and sustained the struggle for freedom, nonviolence, interracial brotherhood, and social justice.


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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 28 reviews
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential King 26 Oct. 2001
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World," by Martin Luther King, Jr., is a fine collection of texts by this important figure. The book has been edited by James M. Washington. Coming in at less than 300 pages, this is a concise but meaty book.
Washington includes King's most important texts: the "Letter from Birmingham Jail"; the "I Have a Dream" speech; his Nobel Prize acceptance speech; "My Trip to the Land of Gandhi"; "A Time to Break Silence," his 1967 speech criticizing the United States war in Vietnam, and more. These writings and speeches cover King's great themes: nonviolent resistance, the African-American civil rights movement, etc.
Those seeking a more comprehensive collection of Kings' work should seek out "A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr." also edited by James M. Washington. At more than 700 pages, this is a truly monumental collection, and includes much material not found in "I Have a Dream": the 1965 "Playboy" interview, transcripts of television interviews, and more. But for those who want a shorter text that cuts to the heart of King's life and work, "I Have a Dream" is perfect.
"I Have a Dream" reveals King to be a true Christian prophet, and a man with a global vision. As literature, these texts also show King to be the heir of such American thinkers as Henry David Thoreau and W.E.B. DuBois. Highly recommended.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Dr. King's works 20 Oct. 2000
By John M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This collection of Dr. King's writings includes all the major speeches -- such as I Have A Dream and I See the Promised Land, as well as important writings such as Letter from A Birmingham Jail. It also has great essays on the lessons Dr. King learned from Ghandi and a wonderful introduction from Mrs. King. This is a great collection to get started learning about Dr. King -- from his own pen. I highly reccomend it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 21 Jun. 2000
By Meredith Mani - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading the speeches of Dr. King are inspiring. You get a glimpse into his mind and to genuinely understand the struggle he was up against. I'm not just refering to the Civil Rights movement. you also get insights into the responsibilities and pressure he felt as the leader of this movement. He was a man who changed history. This book offers glimpses into his humanity as well as his motivational and inspirational speeches. A must for anyone interested in American history, the Civil Rights movement or in biographys. It will continue to effect you long after you have put the book down.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best anthology of King's writings. 17 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book includes the most popular of Martin Luther King Jr's writings and speeches. The forward by Coretta Scott King just adds to the already excellent book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of some of the most eloquent and prophetic words you will ever hear 18 Feb. 2014
By JM - Published on Amazon.com
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Interestingly, I note that in the review title I wrote "hear" and not "read." Why? Because the words in this book are truly alive: reading it is like hearing MLK, Jr. himself here and speaking them today. What a gift!
Although the book is not a complete compendium of all of his writings and speeches, it does contain an excellent representative sample of the wide scope of his ideas and works – not just on Civil Rights per se, but also on the Viet Nam War, domestic and international politics, the economy, and human behavior; almost all of which is as accurate and applicable today as it was 50 years ago.
Why then, only four stars? Because there was one thing about the book that was a little unsettling to me. In the "I Have a Dream" speech, which I read in the book along with watching a video of the speech itself, I found some discrepancies between what was written in the text of the book and the words MLK, Jr. actually spoke. These were relatively minor, but included an omitted sentence, a couple of omitted phrases, a substituted adjective, and a pair of reversed words. Whether or not there are similar discrepancies elsewhere in the book I don't know (and maybe these are just differences between written speech notes and what he actually said), but I would expect the editing of a book like this to ensure a perfect match between what was said in a speech and what is written in the book, especially for something as seminal as the “I Have a Dream” speech. This is not a reason not to buy the book, but it would be enough to make me want to verify any direct quotes from the book in cases where 100% accuracy is essential.
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