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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Gail Fagerstrom

What can I say? Brilliant.

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.

Dheerajkc Kc

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




This is the BEST BOOK by Martin Luther King Jr.The book title is "I HAVE A DREAM".This title is so important because it talks about how Martin Luther King JR has a dream that 1 day racism will stop.That blacks and white will get along together and form a perfect Union.That 1 day is children will grow up to be important people in the world.That they will be remembered forever.This book is about how the speeches that Martin Luther King Jr made changed the world that made racism stop and made blacks and whites together to make a more perfect Union.And guess what,hes dream was accomplished.SO martin Luther king Jr will be remembered for ever and eternity.Every person that loves history should read this book.Once they read the whole book it is going to be their #1 favorite book.I think that,that will happen because that is what happened me.Martin Luther King Jr is the most important person that made history in the world.


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

Amber Holmes

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


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


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.

Ahmed Elghany

i wish to achieve his dream all over the world ..

Maria Noel

Great collection of some of MLK's time-capturing speeches and sermons.

keong nakal

i too have a dream quite the same like his.


Martin Luther King Jr. was simply amazing and this collections of writings and speeches gives a great picture of what he was like, what he stood for and how truly revolutionary and visionary he was.If people would just read what he wrote and said they would appreciate him so much more. I think especially about how King claims that poor white people should be marching with them because they are both being held down by the same force and how currently they are fighting for their oppressors. The current day call for affirmative action based on class not race would not be lost on King. It is exactly what he was preaching. It just so happened that black poverty was much more universal in King's time.His calls for justice, and especially dignity, still seem visionary and we are still struggling with and defining these problems (for instance, Robert Fuller's dignitarian movement is exactly what King was teaching and almost exactly the way King was framing it)King is one of the greatest minds in history and the world would be better off if they actually KNEW what he said and believed and not just the reader's digest version we too often give in high school history classes now.


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.

Mohamed Fadily

For my facebook friends plz Read that book then you will learn alot of good things , you will know how mr Marten louser king had changed US community To better how he had equaled the black and white people during his dream in a safely wayHow was US Through his time and how is US now Hopes the Egyptian president morsy follow his steps to become my home like USA in everything

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