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The collection of originally delivered speeches is a preciious research. The reading of letters written by the history-makers involved in his campaigns and anecdotes of those present help to establish the contextual settings of the speeches.
I think it's great!
I have learned more about Martin Luther King Jr. and listening to this wonderful set of sermons and speeches than I have ever learned throughout my 50+ years of listening and watching Martin Luther King Jr. on radio/TV or in the classroom.
It's great to be able to listen to the "great leaders of the day" (Rev. Franklin, Sen. Edward Kennedy, Rev. Franklin Graham, et al) as they introduce and frame the various speeches. It gives a nice touch and context to what was going on in society that Martin Luther King Jr. was concerned about and speaking on.
This audiobook met and exceeded my expectations. The speeches and sermons speak for themselves and are of pretty clear quality given the passage of time.
What struck me most was that Rev. King could be speaking of America circa 2015, rather than 50+ years prior. My favorite speech was "Where Do We Go From Here?" It signaled a clear transition of King from a Black Civil Rights crusader to a crusader for equal justice, peace and opportunity for all, although those themes were in all of his speeches heretofore. Speaking out against war (in this case, Vietnam) and linking it to the poverty struggle and opportunity deficit of all less fortunate Americans would have been illuminating to the masses and threatening to the Established Order. To me, a man in my 30s, it showed me that King was willing to do what it took to chalk the Establishment and inform and unite the masses.
The speakers introducing each speech/sermon did not try to outdo King, but added context to the time and place, which I found I appreciated. They also pointed out to me that King was not alone in the work he did.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about this man and his Dream.
I listen to books on my commute at 1.75 speed. I like umpiring books, corny sci-fi, religious, history, and whatever catches my eye.
If there is a print version of this book, it lacks the one thing that makes this reading great, actual recordings of the voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a two-part set of the speeches and sermons of MLK. The first half is the speeches, including his most famous speeches such as "I Have A Dream," his Nobel Peace Prize speech, and his speech on the Montgomery Capitol steps after the march from Selma. Hearing his own words in his own voice shows how great a communicator he truly was.
The second half is his sermons. There are several sermons that could be read today in any church and they would be just as powerful today as they were when he first delivered them. With today's social struggles, perhaps it would be good to replay this to the population at large. It is clear in many of these speeches just how much the struggle of non-violence was taking out of him as you can hear the weariness in his voice.
Each sermon and speech is introduced by a person who was instrumental in the life of MLK. The opening speech, his speech before the Bus Boycott, was written by Rosa Parks and read by Coretta Scott King and is by far the most powerful introduction in the book. Many of the other introductions were interesting but some ended up being either braggadocios for their relationship with MLK or an introduction to himself/herself with King as an afterthought. During the introductions, I wanted to speed up the speed to 1.75 (my normal listening speed) to get through them. Of course, when Dr. King spoke, I always set it back to 1.00 speed because I wanted to hear it in his cadence, his emotions, and his real voice.
My fav books are African American stories, Young Adult & Children books, Poetry, some History & Biographies. I will read any good book!
Excellent read! It made me more appreciative of the magnitude one man had on our nation. I cannot put into words how much this book's importance is to me. It reawakened my conscience to what has really been accomplished for my people and this nation as a whole. It will inspire you to keep moving towards advancements for all.
Inspirational, emotional, profoundly intelligent and down to earth.
For every little guy, minority and underdog. Not just about civil rights and God, but how to turn the other cheek, put your priorities in order, spread love. The only self-help book you need, really.
This audiobook gave me LIFE. No matter if I was in a bad mood on the way home from work, or needed a pick-me-up any old time, MLK would get me amped. Sometimes sad, sometimes elated, sometimes indignant-- but always motivated. The introductions by various pastors, actors, activists, and other people of note are also amazing. They pack a ton of history into this book.
MLK was a prophet and being able to listen to his voice and his words is a gift.
I was born in 1976 and am a Christian. I grew up in a church that never taught me about Dr. King. That is a big deal as I have never heard of a man who more modeled the sermon on the mount in my time than him. This was a wonderful reproduction and should be heard in all churches that follow Jesus. Thank you!
Ferguson, Baltimore, Black Lives Matter all illustrate our need for Kings prophetic and holistic vision rooted in a spirituality that recognizes the grace of God and the justice of God. Power shifts and individual rights are are shallow substitutes for the vision, judgment, mission, and prophetic call Dr King declared over our nation. We miss him now more than ever.
"My Journey with Martian Luther king."
Most definitely. The Journey through the sermons of this Iconic Leader has to be experienced by all who is on the road to repatriation.In hearing the testimonials of the people who had personal contact with Martin, i felt the warmth of a real man touching the souls of the world..
The letter he received while recovering in Hospital from the young girl. The thought that a child could see the truth.
The thought of being in the audience and listening to a man who has verbalizing a way of freedom and peace. A truly powerful feat indeed.
The fact that he was only 39 years old.will stay with me for life time.
These works should really inspire any listener to speak out about life .
"A Joy To Experience A Revelation"
A God Send.
His passion. His devotion. His commitment. His honesty. His faith. His beliefs. His Dream. The difference he made to help to free black people and assisted in giving us a voice and freedom to have togetherness and strength. His memories, his vision!
They prepared us in what was coming in the chapter, and what we were to expect. They prepared us and gave us a clearer, nearer understanding on what was to follow in the book.
No. It was over several months... in intervals!
Thank God for Martin Luther King and his teachings, and passion and sermons. God had surely blessed this man and gave him a mission on earth to perform, and perform he did! Thank God for Martin Luther King, and giving him the gift of life.
May he R.I.P
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