The trumpet of conscience

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History has a way, it seems, of turning men in to convenient myths: witness Martin Luther King, whose provocative anti-war sentiments and zealous advocacy of the poor are often shunted to the background to make room for more comfortable outpourings such as his "l have a dream" speech. This book contains five all-but-forgotten speeches from the end of King's life, including "Youth and Action" and "Nonviolence and Social Change".Reaching far beyond his earlier agenda of sit-ins and marches, King reveals here his deepest yearning: the renewal of our apathetic and destructive society through a massive sea-change of hearts.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

I was so impressed by these five transcribed talks that I downloaded the recordings of Dr. King, Jr,, and listened to them as he delivered them, which is even more stunning. Almost 50 years ago now ... Read full review

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User Review  - mahallett - LibraryThing

is this a regular ideas lecture series. was mlk in canada? once he mentioned canada. he must have been here. why else would an american mention canada?. i found his speaking style hard to focus on but it was interesting to hear him. Read full review

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was a famous leader of the American civil rights movement, a political activist, and a Baptist minister. In 1964, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1977, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter. In 1986, Martin Luther King Day was established as a United States holiday. Dr. King often called for personal responsibility in fostering world peace.King's most influential and well-known public address is the "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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