The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Second Edition

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Newmarket Press, Oct 28, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 128 pages
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Martin Luther King, Jr., had hoped to be a Baptist preacher in a Southern city. Instead, by the time he was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39, he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and had led millions of people in a nonviolent movement that shattered forever the Southern system of segregation of the races. His eloquent, passionate advocacy of civil and human rights, rooted in the techniques of peaceful demonstration pioneered by Mahatma Gandhi, brought a new dimension of dignity to people's lives and a new hope for freedom and the community of man.

Throughout his brief life, his words communicated his vision, his passion, and his faith, and they demonstrated his gift to inspire others to follow his lead. He asked to be remembered as a "drum major for justice," and he is.

Created as a living memorial to the philosophies and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this essential volume includes more than 120 quotations from the greatest civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings, along with 16 historical photographs. Selected and introduced by Coretta Scott King, this book helps keep the dream alive by focusing on seven areas of his concern: the community of man, racism,civil rights, justice and freedom, faith and religion, nonviolence, and peace. The message these words convey is as inspiring and fundamental to life today as it ever was during his lifetime. As Dr. King said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. . . .This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."

  

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User Review  - Lane Willson - Goodreads

Of course the words of Dr.King are incredibly powerful and have shaped generations, but my disappointment with the book is that it contains too few of his words. While this is a great reference of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom Guise - Goodreads

Equality and Freedom go hand in hand. Regardless of our background, we owe a debt to this man who paid the ultimate price for being hated in a world that relishes hate and not peace. Rev. King clearly ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
7
THE COMMUNITY OF MAN
15
RACISM
27
CIVIL RIGHTS
35
JUSTICE AND FREEDOM
49
FAITH AND RELIGION
61
NONVIOLENCE
69
PEACE
81
Excerpt from the speech given April 3 1968
93
Excerpt from the speech given August 28 1963
95
Proclamation of Martin Luther King Jr Day by the President of the United States
99
Chronology
105
Sources
119
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About the author (2008)

Martin Luther King IIIis the elder son of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King. He is a human rights advocate and community activist. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Arndrea, and his daughter, Yolanda Renee.

Writer and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was born in Heiberger, Alabama, on April 27, 1927. She studied music at Antioch College and the New England Conservatory of Music. She married Martin Luther King, Jr. on June 18, 1953. Coretta Scott King taught and did fundraising for the civil rights movement. When her husband was killed in April, 1968, she took a more active role as a civil rights leader, beginning with her speech on Solidarity Day, June 19, 1968. King has devoted time to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, where she has served as president and chief executive officer. She also established the Coretta Scott King Award in conjunction with the American Library Association to honor outstanding and inspirational contributions by an African American author and an African American illustrator. She published her memoir, My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1969. She died on January 31, 2006 at the age of 78.

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