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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (242 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clayborne Carson, Kris Shepard, various authors Narrator: Hachette Assorted Authors Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594834318
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His speeches stirred a generation to change—and outlined a practical way to economic freedom and true democracy. His words would help bring about the end of a brutally unequal system—and would show a timeless method for achieving fairness and justice for all. These twelve moving speeches voiced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are original recordings collected here for the first time ever. In addition, some of the world’s most renowned leaders and theologians share with you their reflections on these speeches, and give priceless firsthand testimony on the events that inspired their delivery.

This audio takes you behind the scenes on an astonishing spoken historical journey—from a small, crowded church in Montgomery, AL, where “The Birth of a New Nation” ignited the modern civil rights movement; to the center of the nation’s conscience; to the Mason Temple in Memphis, where more than ten thousand people heard Dr. King give his last transcendent speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the night before his assassination.

Narrators include Andrew Young, Coretta Scott King, Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, Hon. Walter E. Fauntroy, Yolanda King, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Martin Luther King III, Rep. John Lewis, Ambassador George McGovern, and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In his introduction, the one-time ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young refers to MLK as ‘the voice of the century,’ and this collection deftly pays homage to that powerful voice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Monumental.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Valentin | 2/11/2014

    " One of the conclusions I reached during and after reading this work was this: the speeches of Dr. King, Jr. are a great way to see his moral and social values develop. When you encase the words of the speech with the circumstances under-which they were written, you can't help empathizing. I did shed a fear tears while reading the text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ | 1/10/2014

    " These are definitely the landmark speeches. It's amazing to read them in a row and realize how much of an effect he had on our country in a very short time. The introductions are interesting because they are by people who knew him, but they don't offer much in the way of interesting commentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/6/2013

    " Remarkable ideas that more of the world should be inspired by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 11/1/2013

    " The best speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., originally this was a collection of audio recordings, but here they are transposed and have an introduction written by a civil rights leader. Very powerful words that still shine as a beacon for how people should treat one another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James McKee | 8/26/2013

    " The audio version of this with the actual sound is one of the most amazing things I have heard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Rochelle | 7/24/2013

    " The speeches are great! But his most famous speech wasn't even in the compilation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delilah | 6/28/2013

    " This book is about the experience and history of Martin Luther King Jr as he participated and led the civil rights movement. It includes many of his speeches, including the I Have A Dream Speech. Just reading his speeches is very uplifting in it's self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ladasha | 2/8/2013

    " its messed up. how people had got treated "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 brenda | 12/27/2012

    " I loved it. It really made me think. This should be taught in our schools. Peace, non-violence, individual responsibility and accountability is what his speeches and sermons were about. Our students need to hear this today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette Davis | 10/14/2012

    " If you want to get in touch with your soul, this is the book to aid in that process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas | 10/6/2012

    " I liked the details in the speeches that were particular to the time and place- the obscure stuff that gets edited out in favor of a line or three from 'I have a dream' or 'I've been to the mountain-top'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 9/30/2012

    " love this man, gives me goose bumps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Kelly | 8/13/2012

    " The most memorable speeches of Dr. King. The introductions for each by key people involved add depth as well as loving feelings to the entire work. These are words that are as applicable today as then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/6/2012

    " One amazing man. Some of the greatest speeches ever written. His ideas and fight for social justice are inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilysa | 4/13/2012

    " He was a remarkable orator who accomplished remarkable things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 4/4/2011

    " The most memorable speeches of Dr. King. The introductions for each by key people involved add depth as well as loving feelings to the entire work. These are words that are as applicable today as then. "

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About the Author

Clayborne Carson, PhD, was a participant and observer of African American political movements during his undergraduate years at UCLA. Since receiving his doctorate in 1975, he has taught at Stanford University, where he is now professor of history and director of the King Papers Project. He has also been a visiting professor at American University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Emory University and a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His scholarly publications have focused on African American protest movements and the political thought of the period after World War II. His writings have appeared in leading historical journals and numerous encyclopedias, as well as in popular periodicals. His first book, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians. Dr. Carson has lectured at many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad on a wide range of topics, including King, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, Black-Jewish relations, and the need for a multi-cultural curriculum.