Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as "the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth." Stride Toward Freedom traces the phenomenal journey of a community and shows how the 26-year-old King, with his conviction for equality and nonviolence, helped transform the nation and the world.
©1958 Martin Luther King, Jr. Copyright renewed 1986 by Coretta Scott King, Dexter King, Martin Luther King III, Yolanda King, Bernice King. Introduction Copyright 2010 Clayborne Carson (P)2015 Tantor
"Martin Luther King's early words return to us today with enormous power, as profoundly true, as wise and inspiring, now as when he wrote them 50 years ago." (Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States)
A great man.
The author. Martin Luther King tells his story and his motivation. It's not a book written about him...it's written by him.
I thought the narrator was good.
What are we doing today to continue the steps King put in motion to bring equality to not only men of color, but all levels of society, male and female, young and old, the unborn?
Christians, of all groups involved in the battle for equality and justice, should be at the forefront, championing the message of freedom and democracy.
Real lives, real struggles, real and practical methods to overcome tyranny of the mind and status quo.
I chose this title to know more about the bus boycott in my hometown of Montgomery. As a child of nine at the time, about all I knew was that we starting driving our maid home after work. What I learned was far beyond a long overdue history lesson. Dr. King's explication of the characteristics of non-violent resistance was so clear and inspiring. His constant invocation of proper Christian behavior was also encouraging. With all the hatred and division in the world today, what an uplifting story of the refusal to hate bringing justice and dignity to a righteous cause.
This book was published in 1958 by the subject. As such, there are times when it seems very dated indeed. Not only the language he uses, but his high regard for the "respected" white establishment has a solicitous tone that is almost shocking in a modern context.
Of course, much of the prose is inspiring. What I found perhaps more interesting was the firsthand account of the organizational decisions that were made during the events chronicled. You always hear that MLK was a good leader, but this telling really details his skill and process of organizing individuals into a movement.
It was poignant, on the holiday in his honor, to hear him speak of threats to his life and implore his constituents to continue with or without their spokesman. And it was bittersweet to hear his visions for the future; in hindsight, some may have been realized beyond his hopes, but far too many have yet to come to fruition even 58 years later.
The narrator did a very good job of invoking Dr. King's voice without sounding like an imitator (this is a big deal - the wrong reader could easily have ruined this selection.)
I have always admired and respected Dr. King. The Rosa Parks story and the bus boycott brought about needed change, and it was a dark hour when Dr. King lost his life. However, this book meandered, and at times, could even be called boring. I probably won't be reading the next 2 books.😍😥
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