I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

ISBN: 0062505521
ISBN 13: 9780062505521
By: Martin Luther King Jr. James Washington Coretta Scott King

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A beautiful gift edition of the most memorable and perhaps most inspiring speech given by one of our century's greatest civil rights leaders and orators.

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Dheerajkc Kc

great one ........"i have a dream when the blacks and whites breath the air of unity"...........great man.......great book.....


blew me away. Letter from Birmingham Jail, I Have a Dream, beautiful imagery, deadly accurate.


20 of Dr. King's most important speeches and writings, arranged chronologically and with head notes for each piece that provide a contextual timeline of the civil rights movement. I can't praise this highly enough.


Very impacting. It is amazing to see the progress that has occurred since he first accepted the responsibilities of being the face of racial equality. His connections between the resistance against racist oppression and the protest against the Vietnam War are very informative. King's theory that non-violent resistance needs a divine source for its momentum and foundation clearly explains why he is still recognized in today's time.


Read them but see them too. Feel the power, the genius and the passion!


We read this for a peace and justice class I took this semester at Eastern Mennonite University, and out of the books I’ve seen on King, this one does perhaps the best job of including the entire significance of his message in just over 200 pages. All sides, from the most quoted and convenient, to the most grating and uncomfortable are included. You will recognize many quotes as they have been repeated ad infinitum in our media for decades. Some of the lesser known quotes are understandably left out of the media as they don’t coincide with our historical national agenda such as this one concerning the Vietnam War: “God didn’t call America to do what she’s doing in the world now. God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war, such as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We have committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it. And we won’t stop it because of our pride, and our arrogance as a nation…But God has a way of putting nations in their place…” It’s quite clear to me how King would feel about many of our current endeavors. I am unsure of the source, but someone once said: “Dead men make such convenient heroes: They cannot rise to challenge the images we would fashion from their lives.” One wonders what would be the reaction if we quoted the King that uttered prophetic messages like that one…instead of the same “I have a dream” speech that we hear every year on his token holiday. For those unfamiliar with this side of King, and the COMPLETE transcripts of his major speeches and essays, this is a must read.

Tuula Sykkö

His message is that no matter what we are to develop and share continuously.

Amber Holmes

part of the essay selection with Civil Disobedience and A Modest Proposal

Becky Masessa

I knew MLKJ was a cool guy, but I didn't realize how amazing he was. He put his Faith into action in a way few people ever do. READ THE BOOK!

Samantha Morris

*This was not the exact copy I read. The copy I read for class was by Kadir NelsonAudience: PrimaryGenre: Picture Book/Historical FictionText-to-Self ConnectionAfter reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech in the book "I Have a Dream," I got the chills remembering how many times I was read this speech as a child. Throughout my entire life I have heard excerpts or interpretations of his speech, and can recite pieces of it from memory. It truly is an unforgettable speech, and the paintings in this book by Kadir Nelson, give it an even more powerful message, and put it into an easy to read, childlike format. Almost any American can make a text-to-self connection with this book, and so reading the speech out loud to myself made me instantly think of different connections.

Anthony Sanabria

This was a biography on the famous Martin luther king jr and it talks about everything he did what he said its all in here. Who influenced him which we all know was gandhi who made this man do great things with non voilence and expressing all his lifes changes of what he was trying to acheieve was all expressed in this book that you can picture martin saying and doing all these things that the book was dicussing of him.


what i learned from this book was the speeches the writers that used there minds as an instrument to change the out come of the world as it sit s today.The way you can use your thoughts and your mind to alter the false in the world to turn people go in the right direction without the acted of violence....Violence is not the key to solve every thing but the greatest atvantage that a person could every have is the mind book read books to alter your mind t the greatest key 2 success


Apart from some introductory text at the beginning of the book, and short lead-ins (about a page or less) to each of the twenty distinct pieces, the words are all Dr. King's. This has been my first real exposure to any of his writings (or speeches) in their entirety, so I don't have a basis of comparison to say if these twenty were the best choices to represent his teachings and beliefs. But the ones you'd expect to be there are there - the "I Have a Dream" speech, the Letter from a Birmingham Jail, as well as his final address a day before his assassination. And some of the ones that I previously knew nothing about were the most rewarding for me to read.This is great stuff, highly relevant today both in the specifics and in the fundamental theology and philosophy that supports it all. The text of his speech at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967 was a very thought-provoking argument against the madness of war, and how America has often waged it in the years since World War II. The text of his sermon at Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, on February 4, 1968, also really resonated with me.No doubt it's another experience altogether to hear (or watch) Dr. King's speeches, rather than just read those words on a page. But they still hold up quite well as essays, and it's an easier form, perhaps, for study.I don't know if the copy I read (borrowed from a library) is the exact edition listed here, but I chose the closest thing I could find. The description sounded right, but the cover is a bit different and the page count is also different. I think I just had an older copy, I doubt there is much (if any) actual difference in the contents.


While I chuckle every time that the good Dr. Rev. MLK mentions Thomas Jefferson (the irony is a bit much), 20th century America did not produce any finer speech writer than Dr. King. His grasp of theology, history, philosophy and the classics gave him an ability to weave prosaic thoughts like we may never see again in this, the age of specialization.

Gail Fagerstrom

What can I say? Brilliant.

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