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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.
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.
"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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