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The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. [Hardcover]

Coretta Scott King

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Book Description

Oct. 28 2008 Newmarket "Words Of" Series

Martin Luther King, Jr., had hoped to be a Baptist preacher in a Southern city. Instead, by the time he was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39, he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and had led millions of people in a nonviolent movement that shattered forever the Southern system of segregation of the races. His eloquent, passionate advocacy of civil and human rights, rooted in the techniques of peaceful demonstration pioneered by Mahatma Gandhi, brought a new dimension of dignity to people's lives and a new hope for freedom and the community of man.

Throughout his brief life, his words communicated his vision, his passion, and his faith, and they demonstrated his gift to inspire others to follow his lead. He asked to be remembered as a "drum major for justice," and he is.

Created as a living memorial to the philosophies and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this essential volume includes more than 120 quotations from the greatest civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings, along with 16 historical photographs. Selected and introduced by Coretta Scott King, this book helps keep the dream alive by focusing on seven areas of his concern: the community of man, racism,civil rights, justice and freedom, faith and religion, nonviolence, and peace. The message these words convey is as inspiring and fundamental to life today as it ever was during his lifetime. As Dr. King said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. . . .This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press; Second Edition edition (Oct. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557048150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557048158
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,773,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A valuable book. -- The New York Times

This book celebrates King's wisdom and is relevant today as it was during his lifetime. -- Ebony Man

This volume of quotations is thoughtful, intelligently provocative... -- Malcolm Boyd, Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Martin Luther King IIIis the elder son of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King. He is a human rights advocate and community activist. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Arndrea, and his daughter, Yolanda Renee.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but effective collection of MLK's speeches July 10 2005
By Reginald D. Garrard - Published on Amazon.com
When looking for some words of tribute to use at a church function, I recalled the copy of the book sitting amongst others in my home library. No better orator could have been selected than the revered civil rights leader. My presentation went off without and hitch and for that, I thank Dr. King.

This collection is divided into ten sections, with notable commentary by Dr. King:

1. The Community of Man

2. Racism

3. Civil Rights

4. Justice and Freedom

5. Faith and Religion

6. Nonviolence

7. Peace

8. "I've Been to the Mountain Top" (excerpt)

9. "I Have a Dream" (excerpt)

10. Proclamation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by then-President Ronald Reagan

The book begins with a foreward by King's widow, Coretta, and ends with a chronology and sources of the works printed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deeply moving Oct. 10 2007
By S. G. - Published on Amazon.com
I was perusing through my bookshelf today, and stumbled across a very old edition of this book, "The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr."
Well I'd always noticed it here and there - but today I actually read it.

It's fantastic. It's something else. He was a genius before his time - yet he managed to stand up, at the right time.

Each excerpt makes you think. Very deep and moving.

Powerful. I highly recommend this book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sampling of King's writings and ideas. March 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
After having read quite abit by and About King over the years, I would recommend this book to anyone, whether they were new to King's philosophies and ideas or a veteran of the movement he helped to create within this country and the world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His fundamental commitment to unconditional love and unarmed truth March 1 2007
By Eddie Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a small compilation of quotes from Dr. King's writings and speeches. It's never a bad idea to honor the civil rights leaders and martyrs by reading literature that would again remind us of their struggle.

Through his words we will be reminded of how far we have come:

"I can foresee the Negro vote becoming consistently the decisive vote in national elections." - chapter on Justice and Freedom

Through his words we will be reminded of how far we haven't come:

"...wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows." - chapter on Peace

In one sitting, you could read this book in its entirety. As benefactors of his sacrifice, we should spare a few moments of our time to reflect on Dr. King and his enduring legacy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 7 2014
By Isreal White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed reading the book. Will be reading more books by this author. Very enjoyable to read. Great book and read.

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