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1. The Measure of a Man (Facets)
2. The Autobiography of Martin Luther
3. A Testament of Hope: The Essential
4. My Life with Martin Luther King,
5. Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
6. Martin Luther King, Jr. (My First
7. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life
8. The Story of Martin Luther King
9. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Rookie
10. Strength to Love
11. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm
12. A Picture Book of Martin Luther
13. Martin Luther King, Jr. (DK Biography)
14. I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches
15. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (On
16. Let My People Go with Martin Luther
17. The Papers of Martin Luther King,
18. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion:
19. Martin Luther King: The Essential
20. The FBI and Martin Luther King,

1. The Measure of a Man (Facets)
by Martin Luther, Jr. King
Paperback: 80 Pages (2001-10)
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Why nonviolence matters

Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil-rights leader contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything
I expected and more. Great buy, fast shipping, a true mirror into a bygone era that should never be forgotten

4-0 out of 5 stars quick delivery and quick read
I expected this book to be thicker and have more of the writings of Dr. King. Other than being disappointed in the length I was very pleased with this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Good content to get introduced to the great and revolutionary ideas of one of the greatest leaders of century.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thoughts Beyond Measure
This pocket-style book written in 1959 contains two short inspirational, philosophical and theological thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.King begins his introspection by revealing his answer to the question, What is Man?He follows this with his thoughts on the three dimensions of a complete life: length, breadth and height.Naturally, both points are deeply rooted in theology but you feel as if each is just a brief introduction to a much larger context.

3-0 out of 5 stars not so good
i have the greatest respect for Dr. King. i expected this book to take a philosophical view towards measuring a man--- a philosophical view that emphasizes more on a certain methodism that values reason over passion. now, i understand Dr. King is a preacher and strongly believes in christianity. this book is a sermon. therefore, as someone who accepts christianity but not really endorses it to visit the church every sunday, i wouldn't have bought this book if i knew what perspective it would take. so this book is an excellent measure of a man, but it would be more preferable if it takes a different central figure other than God to measure a man. at least to me. its a very thin book by the way, more like a long essay. ... Read more

2. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther King Jr., Clayborne Carson
Paperback: 416 Pages (2001-01-01)
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Asin: 0446676500
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Clayborne Carson has created a book that remarkably approximates a self-portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. Delving into all aspects of this mans life, the work covers his boyhood, his education, and his emergence as a leader. From his relationships with his wife and children, to his dealings with the important political figures of the era, this book defines the history of a genuine hero.Amazon.com Review
Celebrated Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson isthe director and editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project; withthousands of King's essays, notes, letters, speeches, and sermons athis disposal, Carson has organized King's writings into a posthumousautobiography. In an early student essay, King prophetically penned:"We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group livingin ignorance.... We cannot have a nation orderly and sound with onegroup so ground down and thwarted that it is almost forced intounsocial attitudes and crime." Such statements, made throughout King'scareer, are skillfully woven together into a coherent narrative of thequest for social justice. The autobiography delves, for example, intothe philosophical training King received at Morehouse College, CrozerTheological Seminary, and Boston University, where he consolidated theteachings of Afro-American theologian Benjamin Mays with thephilosophies of Locke, Rousseau, Gandhi, and Thoreau. Through King'svoice, the reader intimately shares in his trials and triumphs,including the Montgomery Boycott, the 1963 "I Have a Dream Speech,"the Selma March, and the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. In one of his lastspeeches, King reminded his audience that "in the final analysis, Goddoes not judge us by the separate incidents or the separate mistakesthat we make, but by the total bent of our lives." Carson's skillfulediting has created an original argument in King's favor that drawsdirectly from the source, illuminating the circumstances of King'slife without deifying his person. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sensational audio production
I wanted to learn more about King and this great work really left me with a feeling of knowing him well. It gave great insight into factors that moulded King, from his childhood to the profound influence of Gandhi, and chronicled the rough and tumble struggle for justice, with its slings and arrows, and also the great men who helped him like JFK and Harry Belafonte.

Clayborne Carson used King's personal papers to piece together an autobiography, that while half biographical, is as true as one could get. There are many fascinating original recordings etc.

I was really pleased with this purchase. It left me feeling both inspired and accurately informed of the historical detail.

5-0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, inspiring and informative
February is Black History Month, something which--to be totally honest--I'm usually completely unaware of. I'm not just unaware of when Black History Month occurs, but pretty ignorant about Black History in general.

Last week I began reading The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. I had purchased it a while back at the same time that I bought Gandhi's autobiography. I've been following the trail of non-violent thought from the Anabaptists to the Quakers to Leo Tolstoy to Gandhi to Martin Luther King (and points in-between). So MLK was the next stop on my journey. I only discovered last week after getting half-way into the book that February is Black History Month. I learned this by seeing a placard on the side of a bus.

Dr. King's autobiography was not intentionally written by it's subject, in the same way that Gandhi's autobiography was. King was assassinated before he could write this work himself. Instead, his autobiography was assembled by King scholar Clayborne Carson (at the request of Coretta Scott King) by carefully gathering and collating King's public and private writings into a cohesive narrative. Carson did a masterful job, as King's voice and personality consistently shines through. One really has the sense that this is the autobiography King would have written had his life not been cut short.

I had not expected to become so quickly engrossed in this book. Obviously I knew who Martin Luther King was, but this was my first opportunity to really see what an amazing man he was. King was an intellectual giant, yet also an extremely humble and honest man. He was a brilliant theologian and scholar, but consistently chose to identify himself with the lowest of the low in society. He was incredibly, well ... Christian ... in the true sense of the word.

Besides being impacted by the encounter with King as a person, this book is also teaching me about the events of the Civil Rights movement and the various personalities involved. A consternating thought keeps bubbling up in my mind: Why was I never taught about this in public school? The Civil Rights movement was an epic moment in American history and it's effects continue to reverberate--most recently and obviously in the election of Barack Obama. Yet I can't recall being taught about it in school. Perhaps because I grew up in a 99% white community in Colorado it was deemed irrelevant, just as I've typically viewed Black History Month as personally irrelevant.

Now I'm realizing that Black History, from slavery to emancipation to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights movement and beyond is not just "for black people". It is an integral component of American history. Ditto for Native American history. Looking back, I realize how narrow and anglo-centric my public school history education was. I was not given anything approximating a complete picture of American history. And, sadly, neither has my son. I'm going to try to get him to read this book.

I also find myself thinking as I read this book that if I had been an adult during the 1960's, I hope I would have been one of those whites who joined into the Civil Rights movement to offer solidarity and support. I self-flatteringly imagine that I might've trekked to the South and gotten onto the front lines, as so many people of good conscience from all over the country did. But that thought is immediately followed by a more uncomfortable one: Where are people being oppressed today and what am I doing about it?

5-0 out of 5 stars MLK Brilliant and Consummate Christian
I was overwhelmed by King's christian ethic and his brilliance.This was an outstanding page turner from cover to cover.King showed us what true christianity and commitment are. I recommend it to all.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must read
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. is a must read, especially for the the youth of the 21st century.I have always appreciated the sacrfices Dr. King made to create a better America, as well as a better economical and social status for African Americans.But after reading this book I have a new respect for Dr. King.His strength through out the entire civil rights movement is without a doubt remarkable.His nonviolent strategy was truly a genious way to fight the hands of racism and evil during the times in which he lived in.He used the media to shame the racist who tried to keep all power for themselves and white America.Dr. King was a very intelligent man and I believe he had a deeper understanding of social behavior that was sharper than most.

I have read many autobiographies on extraordinary people in the world, and prior to reading this book Malcolm X's autobiograpghy was my favorite of many.But I now have to say I have two favorite books.Although Malcolm X and Dr. King had different approaches for fighting racism in America, I believe they were both effective because if nothing else they both brought media attention to the issue that was never there before.In this way they made it impossible for America to sit idlely by and do nothing.

I believe this book should be read be everyone because it truly leaves the reader with a deeper appreciation for the struggles of great leaders who shaped the core values of this country.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best read of the year
It's an inspirational read and clearly establishes King amongst the finest examples of portraying a 'Purpose Driven Life" in recent generations.

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3. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther King
Paperback: 736 Pages (1990-12-07)
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"We've got some difficult days ahead," civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., told a crowd gathered at Memphis's Clayborn Temple on April 3, 1968. "But it really doesn't matter to me now because I've been to the mountaintop. . . . And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land."

These prohetic words, uttered the day before his assassination, challenged those he left behind to see that his "promised land" of racial equality became a reality; a reality to which King devoted the last twelve years of his life.

These words and other are commemorated here in the only major one-volume collection of this seminal twentieth-century American prophet's writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections. A Testament of Hope contains Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and more. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, but overly redundant
Dr. King had some great ideas.Aggregating them into one text is a sizable task.But the writings included here are overly redundant.Literally, many of them have exact wording from others.I know that Dr. King had lots of speaking engagements and wrote for many different publications.So I understand why he would borrow from his own words in other works.But why include writings with the same message, sometimes in the exact same words, in a book of *essential* readings?

Also, the works are organized by general topic or philosophy, while a better way would be to group them chronologically to show how Dr. King's thinking changed, and how specific external events and responses influenced his thoughts and writings/speeches.

So even though I want to love anything about MLK Jr., this compendium could be greatlyimproved by reducing it to only include the *actual* essential writings and speeches, the expressions that truly synthesize and detail King's thoughts.

5-0 out of 5 stars An extensive MLK Collection of Wrtings & Speeches
This is a great treasure for those wishing to develop an overview of the writings and speeches made over Dr. King's tumultuous and productive lifetime.

In many instances, a context is given to situate the original material. This brings Dr. King alive for the citizen of today, who may only come to know this exceptional American through books, or perhaps other media.

Becoming familiar with Dr. King and the movement he led is anintegral part of knowing American history. This book does justice to it's title: "A Testament of Hope."

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic
Collection of a man who stood up for his values and beliefs. Even more today we need to reflect on his words and return to the dream he called for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading For All
I was totally humbled by this book. If it could be made manitory reading for all.....they should pass a law. You will not be the same after reading this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars "There are just laws and there are unjust laws..." *
Yesterday, the 40th anniversary of MLK's assassination, I spent the better part of the day thumbing through A Testment of Hope.The book is an old friend of mine.I've read and reread it for nearly twenty years now, both privately and with students in at least a dozen classes.

What I like so much about editor James Washington's collection is its comprehensiveness.In a single volume, one finds MLK's thoughts on nonviolence, civil rights and integration, the Vietnam War and poverty, Christianity and social responsibility, and justice and morality.His ideas are conveyed here through essays, sermons, interviews, and lengthy, meaty excerpts from his five books.Everything that one could want is here, including what I personally take to be his very best work:"Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (1963), "Love, Law, and Civil Disobedience" (1961), "A Christmas Sermon on Peace" (1967), "A Time to Break Silence" (1967), the "I Have a Dream" speech (1961), and Stride Toward Freedom's masterful discussion of the tactics and principles of nonviolence (1958).

Today, four decades after his death, the country is still struggling to grow into MLK's vision of reconciliation and nonviolence.One can only imagine how sad he would be at the post-9/11 turn toward militarism the nation has taken, the current wave of sentiment against Latino immigrants, the constant economic disparity between white households and African American ones, or the upswing in hate crimes against Muslims.In re-reading A Testament of Hope, I was reminded yet again of how very much we need a present-day prophet of King's caliber, vision, and courage, and of how very grateful I am that we once had King himself.
* "And I submit that the individual who disobeys the law, whose conscience tells him it is unjust and who is willing to accept the penalty by staying in jail until that law is altered, is expressing at the moment the very highest respect for law."From "Love, Law, and Civil Disobedience," p. 49. ... Read more

4. My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Coretta Scott King
Paperback: 352 Pages (1994-01-01)
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Asin: 0140368051
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This personal, inspirational account of the history of the Civil Rights Movement describes the author's relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr., detailing their marriage, the events of the 1960s, and King's tragic assassination. Reprint. SLJ. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars *ANOTHER "DAYOFTEARS":January31,2006*
Greatness in women! How is it achieved, and how acknowledged, when one is married to a significant public figure?

CORETTA SCOTT KING died yesterday, and her partnership marriage with Martin Luther King, Jr. is described in this auto-biography that is more his story, yet they were "privileged to share" each other's lives. She was a true helpmate, 'cheerleader' and support whose personality and musical talent provided needed harmony in his daily life. Coretta King was soft-spoken, with beauty and timbre in her speaking voice. She did not lack backbone; it was through her background as a descendant of slaves that lessons of courage were passed down (Read "SHOW WAY" - -Newbery Honor Book, 2006, that tells of similar circumstances.)

After a rural Alabama upbringing, Coretta Scott became a 1949 graduate of Antioch (OH) College. She went on to graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1951, but changed course from career to marriage, though it was said she never expected to marry a man who would march, go to jail for civil rights, and change America forever. (A picture taken of Coretta with classmates at Antioch is "so forties" - - similar pictures taken at other northern schools might not have included black students. The pictures are of great interest, including a lovely photograph of the family saying a 'blessing' at mealtime; others are sharp reminders of incidents in our national life not altogether healed.) The original 1969 edition was later changed, mostly in language, to be more 'politically correct' as people like to say nowadays. The index takes note of a press conference Mrs. King shared in Washington D.C. with my aunt, Dorothy Hewitt Hutchinson, to protest the war in Vietnam. This was a very few days before Martin Luther King was gunned down. Have we progressed at all during the intervening years?

Coretta King was widowed at age 40, left to deal with the trauma of her husband's death, to 'explain' it to their four small children. She drew on a wellspring of courage and faith. We may wonder sometimes if there will be women in the future who grow up that strong. She writes as an historian, yet also as a fully involved wife. There was little that was 'everyday-ish' about their life; the knowledge of hatred and injustice could not be kept from the children altogether. Life was admittedly tumultuous; people did & said ugly things.

The chapters telling about the time following Dr. King's death are filled with expressions of gratitude for those who immediately offered & gave help, and those who came to hold her in their arms and in their prayers. Life has not been easy for the family members, as so often happens with children of the famous, and they need our prayers now. Coretta Scott King deserves every accolade; mcHAIKU says "Amen" to a life well lived.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mrs. King Is A Strong, Dignified Woman
The behind-the-scenes story of the other side in Dr. King's life. His widow, Coretta Scott King, writes an earnest memoir of her own life and what it was like to try to maintain some shade of normality for her family in the turmoil of the Civil Rights movement. There is too much honesty here for the hero worship of the late Dr. King many might expect. After reading this book I came away feeling Mrs. King deserves praise for her own role in her peoples' struggle and her husband's achievements. Coretta Scott King, like so many women behind noteworthy men, should receive more than the footnote status those in such roles too often find is their legacy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Martin luther King jr. Book response
This review is about the book My life with Martin Luther King Jr. By Coretta Scott King. This book touched me because my grandpa used to know Dr.King and this book tells me all the stuff my grandpa never told me. Like when Martin protested to all the whites, the Ku Klux Klan, or [KKK] told Dr.King to stop protesting or he would never see his family again, but Martin was not afraid,and with that the KKK bombed his house as a warning, luckally no one was hurt. The "I have a dream speech". Won Dr.King the noble peace prize, That angered the KKK and in his hotel The KKK guned him down in front of his family, and after the funeral the Mayor made it a law to treat blacks equally. Martin Luther King had one but had lost his life in the process.
I reccomend this book to all people [Blacks & Whites alike] that had a goal in life and did not stop until they achevied it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Coretta King writes an epic of the life of her husband
I read this book for my Modern American History class and aside from two uses of "G__ d___," which I feel Mrs. King used to show the historical accuracy of the persecution during one of Martin's marches, that this was an informative read. I don't know that much about black history, but Mrs. King seems to go in depth while being completely concise. Famous historical figures such as Malcolm X and Ralph Abernathy are littered throughout and we have what I believe is probably an accurate view of the mores and values of the times. The book inspired me to stand up for my beliefs at the expense of persecution. In this book, we have a more human picture of Martin, the love he shared for people and his determination to lead them out of the valley of despair. As I approached the end of the book, I couldn't put it down because I was completely riveted at the events that ensued after his assassination. I've not read any other books about this period, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the authorative work on the history of black civil rights during that time period.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book by Far!!!!!!
I thought the book was wonderful!!! It gave me insight to what life was like living with MLK Jr. You felt the pain when things went wrong. You felt the happiness when things went right. Coretta Scott King did a great job of letting everyone know the imtimate details of her and her husbands life. If you haven't read it , check it out. Trust me, as a teen, it was a book that grasped my interest. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!!! ... Read more

5. Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was...?)
by Bonnie Bader
Paperback: 112 Pages (2007-12-27)
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death—from an assassin’s bullet—in 1968. With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this Who Was…? celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Who Was Series
My son is in third grade and he enjoys biographies.This book is written in a way to target this age range.It also has picture drawings that complements the written text! ... Read more

6. Martin Luther King, Jr. (My First Biography)
by Marion Dane Bauer
Paperback: 32 Pages (2009-12-01)
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. His words changed the way people thought, and his actions spurred them on to change the world. With simple, lyrical text and bold, kid-friendly illustrations, this book introduces Dr. King to the youngest readers.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is perfect for my 6 year old.She can read most of the words and the actual story of MLK Jr and what he stood for is explained well.

5-0 out of 5 stars MLK Jr
excellent book for preschoolers, great learning tool for teaching MLK Jr and his contribution to American history ... Read more

7. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life
by Marshall Frady
Paperback: 224 Pages (2005-12-27)
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Marshall Frady, the reporter who became the unofficial chronicler of the civil rights movement, here re-creates the life and turbulent times of its inspirational leader. Deftly interweaving the story of King’s quest with a history of the African American struggle for equality, Frady offers fascinating insights into his subject’s magnetic character, with its mixture of piety and ambition. He explores the complexities of King’s relationships with other civil rights leaders, theKennedy and Johnson administrations, and the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover, who conducted a relentless vendetta against him. The result is a biography that conveys not just the facts of King’s life but the power of his legacy.Amazon.com Review
Unheroic in appearance, given to "deacon-sober suits" and "ponderous gravity," Martin Luther King Jr. ushered in an epochal era of change in the United States. Closely watching King'sjourney from Montgomery to Birmingham to the Lincoln Memorial to Memphis was journalist Marshall Frady, who honors the minister's achievement and spirit in this lucid biography.

"Almost a geological age ago, it seems now--that great moral saga of belief and violence that unfolded in the musky deeps of the South during the civil rights movement of the fifties and sixties." So Frady opens his account, which traces King's transformation from withdrawn, unconfident child to eloquent champion of the oppressed, ever unafraid to trouble the waters. Frady explores King's conflicts, contradictions, and triumphs, as well as the great personal cost he bore in urging nonviolent change in a singularly violent time.

Part of the excellent Penguin Lives series, this slender volume sheds much light on a prophet now honored, but still too little understood. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars martin luther king
very interesting book.I have an issue with the author, the reader would have to have a PHD in English to understand a lot of the words. Why couldn't it be written in ordinary English so that ordinary not too educated could understand.

1-0 out of 5 stars What is thePoint?
First of all this book is a collection big English words which makes it impossible to fully understand huge parts of the book. It makes it very frustrating to read. Secondly, the impression you get from reading the book is the effort to discredit the works of MLK. Unbelievably all the book does is to attempt to 'cut him to size' so to speak. This is not a balanced book.It contradicts every book or story told about MLK. I do not recommend this book and wish I could take my money back
I hate this book, yes I do

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Little Profile in Dignity Courage and Agony
Marshall Frady's little biography of MLK Jr is a beautiful reminder of how lonely a prophet can be in his own land. King's trials and travails so fully recalled, his victories so few and yet so important, the tale of a man driven further and further towards his own vision of what is true and right, and thus driven further and further from the madding crowd. King lives in this profile in all his dignity, all his courage, but also all the agony that being nothing more than human brought to him.
And it brought me back to that wonderful moment in our own history when it was possible to truly believe there might be an end to poverty, as the nation's leading moral prophet and its President joined in this assumption, and for a brief golden shining moment, we imagined it was really going to happen.
Frady lets us live the difficult, frightening, lonesome historical progression to that moment, all the while realizing how many defeats there were, and how likely it was that King would have been forgotten, despised, a man of but a brief historical moment he may have outlived had he not been assassinated in 1968.
One could not ask for a finer brief depiction of what it was like to be caught up in history beyond one's control, beyond one's intention, but history nevertheless grasped by a questing mind and a brave soul.

1-0 out of 5 stars Impossible for the common man to read
Mr Frady manages to use every big word in the English language, making it nearly impossible for this reader to get past page 25.Here is the final paragraph I read, before giving up in frustration:"As an accomodation of those two approaches, he took with huge enthusiasm to Hegel's idea of dialecticism: the continuous process in human understanding and history of a prevailing thesis inevitably invoking a contrary antithesis, the two then forming a synthesis that becomes the new thesis to be countered by its antithesis, an interplay endlessly progressing." I'll find another book to help me learn about the historic figure.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Insightful and Evocative Summary Life
Marshall Frady has produced an insightful summary of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. for the Penguin Lives series of short biographies. Working within the limitations of the series, Frady's synopsis breaks no new ground - King's life, campaigns, struggles and death are covered in just over 200 pages. But the object here is less to broaden or shape understanding than to evoke the spirit of the man and his times.

The key events of King's life are well known; here the story unfolds in a progression grounded in Biblical narrative. An explicit conceit of this work is a view of King as a latter-day prophet, an American Moses destined to point the way to the Promised Land, but not to reach it. The book's four major sections reflect this theme.

The first, titled "Out of Egypt", recalls King's childhood and education; his assumption of pastorly duties in Montgomery; and the first dramatic act of his civil rights career as an (initially reluctant) organizer of the 1955 bus boycott campaign. The second, "The Wilderness Time", recounts the aimlessness that settled over King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference following the Montgomery victory. Although it was an NAACP-led court victory and not the boycott campaign which finally won the day, Montgomery had vaulted him to national prominence and de facto leadership of the civil rights movement. A potential follow-up act wouldn't present itself until 1961; even then, King's foray into Albany, Georgia in support of the Albany Movement to end segregation in that remote locale produced no substantive gains.

In the meantime King had attracted the malevolent attentions of the reigning FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, whose grotesque character Frady evokes in a remarkable thumbnail sketch. "By the Fifties", Frady writes, Hoover "had become for much of the country... a kind of totem figure of law and uprightness." Yet his brand of law included domestic surveillance in the service of political blackmail. Impelled by racism and anticommunist paranoia, Hoover initiated a bugging and wiretap campaign against King.

Hoover's wiretaps revealed little in the way of communist plots, but they did evidence the serial adultery that seems to have begun in this period. Amazingly, King's dalliances never became public knowledge during his lifetime, even though Hoover deliberately made taped materials available to members of the press. Contrast this restraint with today's media behavior: as Frady acknowledges, "King could very likely never have survived now as the figure he was then."

The conflict between flesh and spirit was a constant theme in King's life. On the one hand, here was a man who eschewed public ostentation and sought to emulate Mahatma Gandhi; on the other, a womanizer and, it would appear, a plagiarist. But King's expression of the spiritual took other, powerful forms. He was frequently jailed in the course of his work for the movement and was no stranger to physical assault. By the fatal day in Memphis, King had already been punched, kicked, and stabbed by racist antagonists; all of which assaults he suffered with amazing forbearance. On one remarkable occasion of being repeatedly punched in the face, and the assailant having been wrestled to the ground by his entourage, King urged them: "Don't hurt him, we have to pray for him." As Frady suggests, the product of this frisson was a monumental oratorical power in communicating the message of nonviolence - a power that for America came to its fullest and most significant expression on the Washington Mall with the ringing proclamation: "I have a dream today!"

Section three, "Apotheosis", narrates the battle to integrate Birmingham, the symbolic pinnacle of the March on Washington, and the watershed of American conscience at Selma - culminating in the crowning achievement of King's life and struggle: the Voting Rights Act of 1964.

In Albany the movement had been "deprived... of those convulsive clashes that would have dramatized for the rest of the country the underlying barbarity of its segregationist order." In Birmingham the police were more obliging. After a slow start, King and his followers decided to mobilize schoolchildren in a bid to overwhelm the jail system and force a resolution. The controversial strategy worked; images of young people in their Sunday best pummeled by fire hoses sickened the nation. Under pressure from all sides, the municipal authorities were forced to concede.

And then came that speech in Washington. Time and distance can threaten to make a cliché of most anything, but Frady's retelling feels fresh in its evocation: "It had suddenly become a pentecostal moment. A huge shiver of exhilaration moved through the expanses of the throng..."

At Selma, the "underlying barbarity" was revealed for all to see, courtesy of the state police and national television. The spectacle of violence against innocent citizenry spurred the White House to action. Addressing the nation to announce the Voting Rights Act, (in a moment to make one feel keen regret at a legacy tarnished by Vietnam) President Johnson intoned: "... and we _shall_ overcome!"

In the book's final section, "The Far Country", we have the rest of the story - the Nobel Peace Prize, the Movement post-Selma, and the sudden end in Memphis. If King found himself "in the wilderness" after Albany, perhaps he was even more so after Selma. The movement's key objectives achieved, King set his sights on perhaps a more impossible dream: the reorganization of American life on egalitarian, socialist, grounds. Given the sweeping ambitions of the frustrated Chicago Movement and the grandiosity of the Poor People's Campaign, there is something poignant in the fact that what brought King to Memphis in April 1968 was no vast plan of social reorganization but mobilization in support of striking garbage workers.

If Frady's book is at times slightly overwritten ("the rhetoric of the human spirit immensely and elaborately gathering itself for slow and terrific struggle" [p. 35] feels like a blind stab at the Faulkneresque), it is also an effective, and at times even powerful, homage to one of our greatest Americans.
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8. The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Johnny Ray Moore
Board book: 26 Pages (2002-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful intro to Martin Luther King Jr for toddlers/preschoolers
This book is a great introduction to Martin Luther King Jr for toddlers/preschoolers. It helps explain to the youngest children not only important details about Dr. King's life but also serves as a starting point for discussing racism and prejudice. These topics are shown in ways that are very easy for a young child to understand--a nicer, newer playground for the kids at the white school--for instance. It does skip over Dr. King's assassination which I think is completely age appropriate. The illustrations are very cute as well. My 3 year old requests this book often.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book
This is a good book.I purchased it for one of my lower functioning students.The students love the book because it gets the story across and it is easy read for the students that are lower functioning.Thank you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple message
This board book was a great intro to MLK for my children when they were young preschoolers (~3yrs).The message of prejudice is simple, plain to understand and relate-able (not getting to eat at any restaurant or dilapidated park) for young children.A good place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent book for children.My students were really engaged and it sparked so many great questions!Short, simple--but to the point!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Perfect
This little board book is the most beautiful and perfect book on Martin Luther King, Jr. I have ever seen as Dr. King's message is kept pure, untainted, clear and focused. The colors are soft and gentle, the words simple and easy. It is a perfect introduction to Dr. King, his life, his work as well as an introduction into human values such as respect and equality.It is never too early to begin educating children on such matters nor too late for adults to refresh their memories on these core matters especially as so many are waving flags: remember what those flags represent and the lessons of Dr. King. This little book can help any age do so...even you! ... Read more

9. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays)
by Trudi Strain Trueit
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Following the well-known and much-loved Rookie Books format, these fun and informative books introduce early elementary-school children to the basic facts about major holidays.Each book explains the development of the holiday and how it is celebrated today, and includes holiday games, traditions, crafts, and foods. ... Read more

10. Strength to Love
by Martin Luther King Jr
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"If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love."

So wrote Coretta Scott King. She continued: "I believe it is because this book best explains the central element of Martin Luther King, Jr.' s philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a divine, loving presence that binds all life. That insight, luminously conveyed in this classic text, here presented in a new and attractive edition, hints at the personal transformation at the root of social justice: " By reaching into and beyond ourselves and tapping the transcendent moral ethic of love, we shall overcome these evils."

In these short meditative and sermonic pieces, some of them composed in jails and all of them crafted during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights struggle, Dr. King articulated and espoused in a deeply personal compelling way his commitment to justice and to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual conversion that makes his work as much a blueprint today for Christian discipleship as it was then.

Individual readers, as well as church groups and students will find in this work a challenging yet energizing vision of God and redemptive love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Against the Beast: Resisting the Slave Paradigm of Big Brother Government
Reading Martin Luther King is like a breath of fresh air, and "A Strength to Love" is a book worthy to be read. King's place in American history is well known, but the struggle he fought has been purposely convoluted by the perpetuators of the false system and masked to hide their sin. They lump King in with the likes of Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael, nothing could be further form the truth. King fought against the Democratic Party machine in this nation, the party of southern slavery, KKK, which institutionalized racism through Jim Crow, segregation, and resistance to the civil rights act; this is a matter of fact that cannot be ignored if we are to fully grasp and understand the struggle of King and the civil rights movement.

King wrote: "Through nonviolent resistance we shall be able to oppose the unjust system and at the same time love the perpetrators of the system" (MLK, 8), and "forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a permanent attitude" (MLK, 33). These are defining statements as King fought against the slave masters who wanted no freedom for blacks but instead wanted a continuation of their own racist policies. King knew he had to resist and wrote concerning his unwillingness to adjust "I never intended to become adjusted to the evils of segregation and the crippling effects of discrimination, to the moral degeneracy of religious bigotry and the corroding effects of narrow sectarianism, to economic conditions that deprive men of work and food, and to the insanities of militarism and the self defeating effects of physical violence" (MLK, 18). King was himself a "transformational reformer" (MLK, 18) not a militant, but a true Christian who sought to project Christ rather than himself.

King supported the party of Lincoln, as his was indeed a continuation of the Civil War, he knew that Christ loved the slaver and wanted to see them repent rather than die. King's struggle against the slave paradigm did not end with him, the Civil War rages today in many forms, like a multi-tentacled beast infecting society with racist and anti-human welfare state policies, unjust taxation and a bloated bureaucracy that enslave the human person rather than liberate them. Jesus came to forgive sinful humanity, he did not come to destroy but to do the will of the Father. Jesus came to liberate people from the grasp of sin, and to echo his Fathers message of repentance. When King took up the call of repentance and the "tough minded" approach to "casting out evil" and the need for repentance from the evils of segregation et al. he was participating in the will of God, he was acting like the Son by submitting to the will of the Father, he was truly participating in the nature of God. When we, as individuals, take up the cause of crying out against totalitarian government structures that enslave the human person and which remove from the individual the tools of life and liberty through "economic conditions that deprive men of work and food" (such as is taking place in our nation today), we, too, enter into the will of God and become participants in His nature.

~All quotes from "A Strength to Love" By Martin Luther King.

5-0 out of 5 stars mlk really understood and demonstrated the teachings of jesus

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The book was in great condition, just as promised and arrived in a timely manner.Couldn't ask for more!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This is one of the best books I've ever read and one that I intend to read over and over again for its inspirational, motivational, life changing messages. ... Read more

11. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)
by David Howard-Pitney
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The civil rights movement’s most prominent leaders, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) and Malcolm X (1925–1965), represent two wings of the revolt against racism: nonviolent resistance and revolution "by any means necessary." This volume presents the two leaders’ relationship to the civil rights movement beyond a simplified dualism. A rich selection of speeches, essays, and excerpts from Malcolm X’s autobiography and King’s sermons shows the breadth and range of each man’s philosophy, demonstrating their differences, similarities, and evolution over time. Organized into six topical groups, the documents allow students to compare the leaders’ views on subjects including integration, the American dream, means of struggle, and opposing racial philosophies. An interpretive introductory essay, chronology, selected bibliography, document headnotes, and questions for consideration provide further pedagogical support.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read
The authors of this text did an excellent job in comparing and contrasting Dr. King and Malcolm X. The text used many letters from both leaders, and showed how their ideals evolved throughout their lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Malcolm and Martin
This book presents the differences between arguably the two most famous civil rights activists of the fifties and sixties, as well as showing the convergence between their ideas and ideals toward the end of thier respective lives. It is readable, succinct and thorough. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who will be teaching this period in history to middle or high school students.

5-0 out of 5 stars Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s: A Brief History with Documents (The Be
This book is absoltely terrific. It gave me everything I needed to understand the differences and similarities between these two phenomenal leaders. ... Read more

12. A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biography)
by David A. Adler
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A brief, illustrated, biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves this book
My five-year-old daughter was fascinated with this book even though it didn't include fairies, animals, or dinosaurs. I was very happy with the information they presented which gives some basic information about Dr. King while not treating his death in such a way that might overly upset sensitive children like mine. The illustrations are wonderfully done and my daughter looked them over carefully for a long time. It is a wonderful opportunity to launch more discussions about racism and the way we treat other people because of their gender, race, or religion.

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5-0 out of 5 stars AboutMartinLuther King,Jr --ga
MartinLutherKing , Jr wasbornin Atlalta , Goagia.He wasbornonJanuary15 , 1929.HeledtheMarchofWashingtononAugust28, 1964 andgavehisspeech.
THe book was really great.

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DR.king was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929. He played football when he was a child.He couldn't play with his friends because he was black and they were white. He wanted to change this and changed the world.
I really like the book. He inspired me to keep the Golden Rule.

5-0 out of 5 stars kj the king
DR.King was born in Alanta Gorgia. He liketoplayfootball &baseball. He played footballinhisbackyeard.Onedayhis friends couldn't play with him because he was black.He wanted to change this and changed the world. ... Read more

13. Martin Luther King, Jr. (DK Biography)
by Amy Pastan, Primo Levi
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Tells the amazing story of struggle and triumph of one of the greatest Civil Rights leaders.

In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, definitions of key words, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Dream Lives On for All of Humanity
This is an extraordinary book, sharing the human struggles for freedom from oppression, details of "how" to proceed in order for positive change to prevail, and cites incredible examples to teach our children until humanity is viewed equally, rather than judged unethically.

This is a book that would do well for our children to read. The examples of courage, the kind that comes from the heart, and endures no matter how dark appearances seem to be shows that anyone can prevail when truth is sought over might.

The book is inspiring, and a light for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Dream Becomes a Reality
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Amy Pastan has created a photographic story with fascinating details and a fresh perspective based on the latest research. Through reading this biography, children will learn about inhumane segregation laws and why racism is wrong. Definition boxes teach children about nonviolent resistance or grassroots movements.

After a trip to India, Martin decided to use Gandhi's nonviolent methods to promote change. This book teaches children that there are ways to change the world without violence and it also shows how resilient you have to be to see change occur in your lifetime. What is really striking about this book is the stories of how students endured such hatred in order to achieve their goals.

Amy Pastan also tells the story of how Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." In this letter he wrote: " Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

There are inspiring stories of great bravery as children take to the streets to protest and demand their freedom. As men march with bold signs that read: "I Am a Man," demonstrators start to demand to be respected as a human being.

On the last few pages, the author explains why Martin Luther King's birthday has become an occasion where students learn about civil rights and why many dedicate the day to spiritual reflection or sponsor activities that promote change.

"Our dreams will sometimes be shattered and our ethereal hopes blasted....Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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14. I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World, Special 75th Anniversary Edition (Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929)
by MartinLuther King
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On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking out over thousands of troubled Americans who had gathered in the name of civil rights and uttered his now famous words, "I have a dream . . ." It was a speech that changed the course of history.

This anniversary edition honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s courageous dream and his immeasurable contribution by presenting his most memorable words in a concise and convenient edition. As Coretta Scott King says in her foreword, "This collection includes many of what I consider to be my husband's most important writings and orations." In addition to the famed keynote address of the 1963 march on Washington, the renowned civil rights leader's most influential words included here are the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," the essay "Pilgrimage to Nonviolence," and his last sermon, "I See the Promised Land," preached the day before he was assassinated.

Editor James M. Washington arranged the selections chronologically, providing headnotes for each selection that give a running history of the civil rights movement and related events. In his introduction, Washington assesses King's times and significance. ... Read more

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This book "I Have a Dream" is indeed a book every human on earth needs to read. My aim to read the book stemmed from the quest of understanding the 'American Dream' and the the victory of Obama as first black american president-elect. After reading the book I became convinced that even though what Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. prophesied about America has been "Partially fulfilled", there is lot to be done for the world to be seen as one made by God,of God and for all people created of God.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Collection of Speeches
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of America's greatest heroes and this is a collection of his wonderful writings and speeches. Often people stop at "I Have a Dream" but this shows the complete evolution of Dr. King. A wonderful read that has been part of my library for the past 10 years -- and I've read it three times and often use it for reference and store it next to the Bible.

Dr. Martin Luther King's collection of writings and speeches, "I Have A Dream", brings aspiration to light. The events that surrounded the life and death of this true hero reveals the shameful fact that no matter how great the United States of America is today, it is one country that was nurtured with inhumane machinery: slavery, racism, injustice, Mickey-Mouse freedom, and Mickey-Mouse democracy. I hate to think about it, but it is an honest fact, whichwe should all come to terms with. Nobody can rewrite history.
The 256 pages that is "I Have A Dream" was enough to highlight the wickedness and the violence that were deliberately sustained in America, for a full century, after a bloody Civil War ended her tenacity on slavery.
One question that will always beg for answer is: How on earth did U.S. Presidents who presided over the ruthless color-bar era qualified for those Nobel Peace Prizes that they received? Knowing what life was like in the U.S.A. just a couple of decades ago melts my heart. "I Have A Dream" is a big eye-opener!

5-0 out of 5 stars The essential King
"I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World," by Martin Luther King, Jr., is a fine collection of texts by this important figure. The book has been edited by James M. Washington. Coming in at less than 300 pages, this is a concise but meaty book.

Washington includes King's most important texts: the "Letter from Birmingham Jail"; the "I Have a Dream" speech; his Nobel Prize acceptance speech; "My Trip to the Land of Gandhi"; "A Time to Break Silence," his 1967 speech criticizing the United States war in Vietnam, and more. These writings and speeches cover King's great themes: nonviolent resistance, the African-American civil rights movement, etc.

Those seeking a more comprehensive collection of Kings' work should seek out "A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr." also edited by James M. Washington. At more than 700 pages, this is a truly monumental collection, and includes much material not found in "I Have a Dream": the 1965 "Playboy" interview, transcripts of television interviews, and more. But for those who want a shorter text that cuts to the heart of King's life and work, "I Have a Dream" is perfect.

"I Have a Dream" reveals King to be a true Christian prophet, and a man with a global vision. As literature, these texts also show King to be the heir of such American thinkers as Henry David Thoreau and W.E.B. DuBois. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Dr. King's works
This collection of Dr. King's writings includes all the major speeches -- such as I Have A Dream and I See the Promised Land, as well as important writings such as Letter from A Birmingham Jail.It also has great essays on the lessons Dr. King learned from Ghandi and a wonderful introduction from Mrs. King. This is a great collection to get started learning about Dr. King -- from his own pen.I highly reccomend it. ... Read more

15. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (On My Own Holidays)
by Linda Lowery, Linda Lowery Keep
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Briefly recounts the life of the African American minister who devoted his life to civil rights and discusses the national holiday in his name celebrated on the third Monday of January. ... Read more

16. Let My People Go with Martin Luther King Jr.
by Charles Ringma
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired his generation with a dream and a promise. His unwavering vision of a more equitable, just society permanently changed the lives of millions around the world. One of the greatest men of the twentieth century, Dr. King's faith, conviction, and strength continue to inspire us today. In 120 daily readings, Charles Ringma encourages us to reflect on Dr. King's powerful legacy. Find a moment each day to ponder his words and dare to dream. ... Read more

17. The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Volume V: Threshold of a New Decade, January 1959-December 1960
by Martin Luther King Jr.
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The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. has become the definitive record of the most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts of one of America's most best-known advocates for peace and justice. Threshold of a New Decade, Volume V of the planned fourteen-volume series, illustrates the growing sophistication and effectiveness of King and the organizations he led while providing an unparalleled look into the surprising emergence of the sit-in protests that sparked the social struggles of the 1960s. In this pivotal period of his career, King traveled to India in early 1959 to meet with Prime Minister Nehru and other associates of Mahatma Gandhi. After returning to Montgomery, King confronted the continuing ineffectiveness of his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) by demanding personnel changes and agreeing to relocate to Atlanta at the beginning of 1960. King's move took place just before African American students in the South reclaimed the energy of the Montgomery bus boycott with their bold sit-in protests, which King predicted would become "an integral part of the history which is reshaping the world, replacing a dying order with modern democracy." He was arrested in October after participating in a sit-in protest in Atlanta. His resulting imprisonment led presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to phone his sympathies to King's wife, Coretta, a move many credit for providing the margin of victory in the close election of 1960.Illustrations: 36 b/w photographs, 1 map ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful...
Volume V provides an in-depth look at the sit-in protests of the early 1960's and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s trip to India. There are many unpublished letters to/from a variety of people-all adding insight to the psyche of Dr. King's non-violent struggle; and his late involvement in the 1960 election of John F. Kennedy. ... Read more

18. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion: Quotations from the Speeches, Essays, and Books of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King
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Let freedom ring from every hill
and molehill of Mississippi. From
every mountaintop, let freedom
ring. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the dusty back roads of Montgomery, Alabama, to the legendary March on Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr., brought a stirring message of peace, equality, and justice to a divided people. He aspired only to be a Baptist minister, but by the time he was tragically assassinated in 1968 at the age of thirty-nine, he had led a movement that destroyed segregation in the South, and he had won the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Now, a quarter century after his death, his words are as significant and moving as they were in the 1960s. Watts burns today as it did then; issues of race, justice and human dignity are still the most critical problems facing our nation. This handsome quotation book represents the finest of the Reverend King's words; it is a classic volume compiled from his essays, lectures, and speeches by his wife, Coretta Scott King. Excerpts form his most famous speech-"I Have a Dream" and "I've Been to the Mountaintop"-are included, as well as equally powerful but lesser known quotations. King's vision of healing and forgiveness is a timeless message that American can ill afford to ignore.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Close COmpanion for these coming years of trial and testing: nonviolence is the only way, not war, not hate, but love
"I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship."- the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. as quoted in this Frontispiece

The Companion collection, first published in 1993, gathered from the books, essays and speeches of the Reverend Doctor King by his wife, Coretta Scott King, with the assistance of Joe Kirchberger, and wonderfully published in hardcover with thick, matte, rough edged paper by the great St, Martin's Press stands us good stead and firm companion upon the rocky path ahead which we must yet walk.

Among this collection's sources stand straight the 1957 strengthening volume STRIDE TOWARD FREEDOM, the 1963 Civil Rights Manifesto Why We Can't Wait (Signet Classics) (including several passages from his cornerstone Letter From A Birmingham Jail), the late 1967 commissioning Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? and the 1967 The Trumpet of Conscience: The Summing-Up of His Creed, and His Final Testament. This collection adds selections from his consoling and enlivening Strength to Love, his discourse upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, and his speech Beyond Vietnam, and so this gets enables you to take up your weary mat and walk, strongly, towards freedom, peace and nonviolent love with all humanity.

All Jesus' words and teachings and life are often summed up by three: "Love thy enemy!" Dr. King wrote and said so much more than "I have a dream" or "Free at last!" or "I have been to the mountaintop." In fact his son Dexter alludes in his introduction to this book to over "200,000 documents in his lifetime" written by Dr. King.

Dexter Scott King, in one paragraph of his rich introduction, calls this "a book about my father's words, but more significantly, it's a blueprint for social change. I feel that this portable companion can be read wholly on its own, but also as a source book that illuminates the passages of Dr. King's greatest works. This is a book that is just as meaningful, perhaps more relevant today, than it was twenty-five years ago, when my father died (p. xi)."

As our nation now turns a corner in our long journey, this book serves as well as a light unto our feet and a guide for our future, and grows even more relevant now, sixteen years after its first publication, and over forty years after the publication of its source material. We have much to see here now, to help us on our way, in our progress towards peaceful cooperation and our ultimate survival. Read this book well.

This book, therefore, is divided in to six Parts, each carrying several themes, or issues. The Parts are Heritage, The Movement, Institutions which includes the subsection on the US Presidency, citing among others this passage: "We were all involved in the death of John Kennedy. We tolerated hate; we tolerated the sick stimulation of violence in all walks of life, and we tolerated the differential application of law, which said that a man's life was sacred only if we agreed with his views (p. 28)."The Parts continue with Philosophies, Issues and Reflections, each with their own generous subsections.

In the section on War we find this: "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death (p. 83)." Hear these words now; where are we now? Where are we going to? And again: "There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force, but the destructive power of modern weapons eliminates even the possibility that war may serve as a negative good (p. 82)." These are words for us now, today, as we look at our ruins and trillion dollar deficits, now. Where will we go?

Read this book, a strong companion for the path we have ahead.

5-0 out of 5 stars When you need a way to say something of worth
For a good while I've been speechless.
Oh I talk, sure,but it has been obscured by my being distracted.By my flaws, by others flaws. A waste of energy sometimes, a drain on my heart when not directed to a love purpose.
On Amazon this included a person that deliberately improved a false god standing by ruining mine. Simple truths speak simply, it was a waste of my heart energy and did no one any good. I removed content that mattered to me. I wrote here to talk to issues in teaching, point out good books to use with students and reflect.But it became an accusational festival of lies about me. Untrue, unfair, unfounded and it hurt just good purposes. That's how jealousy and hate work. But I was falsely accused. And I stood pretty much alone. But I have a background in understanding some things. Shoulders to climb on.

I have always been inspired by the work of those who see poverty, see needs, see situations that require our concern and then seeing this lose their own self needs into becoming effective reacting on their feet, they dedicate their life to it, to solutions. Some are silent to the world, unseen forces for good. Sure they know how inadequate and flawed they are, but carry on with the best they have toward peace/compassion/doing as their light. Simple thing to elevate in your self. Some become known to us, often giving up their life in noble pursuit.At the extreme end many have done that.
Obviously Dr. King did that.

So his quotes contained in this little lovely book can slip in your purse and stay with you as you sit in the doctor's office, waiting perhaps to get results to see if you son has an aneurysm in his brain(my week), or whenever you feel you need to look deeper as you meditate, or to share with others to center a task. Good as I start the day, or get a break in it to think again about "WHAT MATTERS" in teaching to me.

So inside are attributions to writings and speeches and a very good culled QUOTATION collection. Nothing doesn't stand there for me like a rock solid foundational value he put into practice.
It is divided into sections:
Heritage, The Movement, Institutions, Philosophies, Issues, Reflections and further subdivided.

Today I need to think, meditate, as I teach King, reading here to center about Love and Compassion. (Within Philosophies)

So try listening :

"The hard hearted individual never sees people as people, but rather as mere objects or as impersonal cogs in an ever turning wheel. In the vast wheel of industry, he sees men as hands."

"...we must recognize that the evil deed of the enemy-neighbor, the thing that hurts, never quite expresses all that he is. An element of goodness may be found even in our worst enemy. Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves."

" Somehow we must be able to stand up before our most bitter opponents and say: "We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering, We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you."

" The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued that self-defeating path of hate. Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world."

" It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

" If only to save myself bitterness, I have attempted to see my personal ordeals as an opportunity to transfigure myself and heal the people involved in the tragic situation which now obtains. I have lived these past few years with the conviction that unearned suffering is redemptive."
Dr. King

It helps me turn away from the feelings of disappointment, anxiety and deep feelings of disgust towards more loving reserves that allow me to say to that "enemy" ...... try seeing another way. And I will do the same.


19. Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set: The Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Clayborne Carson, Kris Shepard, Peter Holloran
Audio CD: Pages (2009-12-22)
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This definitive box set includes all the landmark speeches of the great orator and American leader Martin Luther King, Jr., from his inspirational "I Have a Dream" to his firey "Give Us the Ballot." Comprised of recordings previously included in A Call to Conscience and A Knock at Midnight, THE ESSENTIAL BOX SET is a must-have for any home, library, or school collection.
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5-0 out of 5 stars This collection will be treasured by many
Some men claim to be great, others live their greatness. This set contains all of original recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark speeches and sermons. "The Essential Box Set" allows listeners to hear the eloquent voice that rocked a nation. Each speech and sermon are preceded by an introduction. Personally, I think the speeches stand better on their own. This collection will be treasured by many.

5-0 out of 5 stars Offering for the first time over twenty original recordings from his speeches and sermons
Martin Luther King Jr.: Essential Box Set collects all the key speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., offering for the first time over twenty original recordings from his speeches and sermons. Each is accompanied by an introduction by other famous theologians and civil right leaders, making this a powerful pairing of firsthand testimony and King's own, powerful words. Any collection strong in civil rights history MUST have this! ... Read more

20. The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From "Solo" to Memphis (Yale Nota Bene)
by Professor David J. Garrow
Paperback: 420 Pages (2010-12-28)
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