This history-making autobiography is Martin Luther King in his own words as read by others and in his own words and voice: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who chafed under and eventually rebelled against segregation; the dedicated young minister who continually questioned the depths of his faith and the limits of his wisdom; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family's needs with those of a growing, nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fired by a vision of equality for people everywhere.
In original recordings of his own vivid, compassionate voice, here at last is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unforgettable chronicle of his life and his legacy. Years in the making, and woven together from thousands of recordings and documents, including letters to his family and diary entries, this program is a unique compilation which includes many rare recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering sermons, speeches, lectures, and addresses. Highlights include "I Have a Dream," "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and "The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech."
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"More than a resource, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a keepsake." (AudioFile)
The most powerful aspects of this "autobiography" are the excerpts from Dr. King's speeches. It is stunning to hear him speak to the very first meeting of the Montgomery bus boycott supporters (after first hearing how little time he had to prepare) and to also hear the voices of the crowd chiming in their approval. The text that stiches the speech excerpts together is considerably weaker, because that text was not written by Dr. King and lacks his eloquence. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating insight into a great leader and an extraordinary time in American history.
I rarely post reivews but this book was beautifully done. Pulled together from the writings of MLK and featuring many of his recorded speeches this is a wonderful work of scholarship and, with Kings renowed oratory style, especially well suited for listening (though recording quality of King's early speeches is uneven, it gets much better as we move through the chronology of King's life). Sadly for society, his insights and eloquent comments on social inquality and American forgein policy remain right on point. Overall though, this work stands as a testament to the capaity of individuals to change the world.
This book which is primarily writings of King interspersed with some autio of his speeches is illuminating and heart breaking at the same time. The passages tell the story of King's struggle to achieve justice for the poorest Americans -- black and white -- through non-violent confrontation with corrupt systems in the North and in the South. His words are so apt for today's turbulent times, it is astounding. I feel honored to have spent some time with this man-- and know I will return for a listen to uplift my spirit and for insight, again and again. Beautifully read.
The editor of this book used MLKs own words to compile an biography that was commissioned and authorized by MLKs family after his death. In the Audible version, his own speeches are scattered throughout. Magnificent!
I cannot imagine a soul who cannot benefit from reading this book. It is still sadly so appropriate today. Progress has been made, yes. But too many things remain extremely problematic.
Those who post memes about choosing love over hate but who do not post MLK memes about action, duty, justice, fairness are especially in need of reading this book. You are in danger of choosing order over action, something MLK did not respect. In fact he felt that was the most dangerous type of person, "the moderate."
Anyone who thinks MLK was a republican should read this book.
Anyone who thinks MLK would approve of not taking action when police brutality is targeted more at black people than white should read this book.
Anyone who thinks MLK would not call for action when it has been shown that black people are arrested, caged, and punished after incarceration at *much* higher rates than white people who committed the *same* crime needs to read this book.
No matter if you are black or white, if you fail to act, MLK would not be on your side. If you disagree, but have not read his own words, read them. If you choose order over justice, you are the most troublesome type of person in MLKs eyes. Here for the taking are his own words, laid out in historical time, so the reader can understand the full context. All you need to do is read for yourself.
I enjoyed this audio book that was created from Dr. King's writings and speeches. The narration by Levar Burton is excellent and made even more compelling by the inclusion of some of Dr. King's actual speeches. We hear about the experiences, the moral and philosophical influences, and the circumstances that propelled Dr. King to the forefront of the civil rights movement. We learn why he maintained his commitment to non-violent and racially inclusive demonstrations while other leaders began to advocate separatism and the use of violence, if necessary. His assessment of Malcolm X and his concerns about the decision of other black leaders to make the slogan "Black Power" a prominent part of the movement are highlights.
I was surprised to learn that in the 1960's, Dr. King characterized the U.S. as a society fueled by consumption and that he believed that the inflammatory rhetoric of the vocal opponents of equal rights was intended to create an atmosphere that would provoke an act of violence. Both of these observations appear to have relevance today.
This is not as comprehensive as a biography; there is little about Dr. King's family life after his early years. However, it provides the details about the various strategies developed and implemented (not always successfully) in the different cities where Dr. King led demonstrations and negotiations, as well as the thoughtful considerations behind Dr. King's controversial opposition to the Vietnam War.
This was an EXCELLENT book/recording. The way the reading is interspersed with Dr. King's speeches is excellent. The choice of the narrator was spot on. Some of the sound quality of the speeches is low but that is simply unavoidable due to the age and circumstances they were recorded in.
I was very impressed at how Dr. King's faith touched every area of his short life.
Just for everyone's information, I am not African American. But I think that every white person should listen to this to and learn the reality of discrimination that is not entirely removed from society today. (Not only against African Americans but many others too.)
I think every African American should listen to this to get a true picture of who Dr. King was in his own words and hear his depth of faith.
Anyone of would benefit from listening to this recording.
This book should be required reading in every American high school. It's remarkable to me that's so little of Dr. King's life is actually taught to high school students. The Civil Rights Movement and his actions are such a foundational element of the United States of America and this book does a fantastic job of highlighting the spirit of revolution and struggle and Hope that characterized the 1960s.
I greatly enjoyed this book! It is a splendid collections of writings from Dr. King himself, along with recordings of many key addresses he gave over the years. There is so much wisdom to be gained from the insights documented and preserved here. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to learn more about Dr King, the Civil Rights movement, peaceful resistance and the long road we all travel towards peace and justice in our world.
Really powerful insight into an incredible man and a social mirror that makes you question your own life and position.
If you want to feel humble and insincere then listen to this. I feel richer for doing so and can't recommend it highly enough. The occasional voices from the man himself made the hair on my arms stand up.
Where do you find more like this?
Amazing and inspirational, couldn't put it down. Fascinating account of the great man who lead the civil rights movement and wanted justice and equality for all through non-violent protest.
"Read this. Gripping"
Loves this book, so much so that I listened to it with in two days. Learned alot about Dr King that I didn't know. What a man he was.
This is truly an insightful window of history in the making. It gives and explains the reasons and principles which were the driving spirits of the heart and mind within one of the greatest men who has ever lived. Although 1% of the recordings are not clear, the speeches are beautifully blended with the narration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s trials and tribulations.
"Inspirational Man and story"
Got to the end, and restarted it straight away. Loved the emotion, life lessons and example by a man and movement that faced unthinkable challenges.
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