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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clayborne Carson Narrator: Martin Luther King Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781600240997
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For the first time, an edition of Martin Luther King's most important speeches and selected sermons are assembled specifically for school-age-children and families to listen to together.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is known for being one of the greatest orators of the 20th Century, and perhaps in all of American history. In the 1950s and 1960s, his words led the Civil Rights movement and helped change society. Though his speeches refer to the conditions of the 1960s, his assertions that nonviolent protest is the key to democracy and that all humans are equal, are as timeless and powerful today as they were nearly forty years ago. To honor Dr. King, this edition includes Dr. King's recordings, abridged for children, and is commemorated with selected art from our nation's own talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • KING FOR KIDS is a misleading title; this recording could well be entitled KING FOR EVERYONE: AN ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. As one narrator remarks, for those who do not have personal memories of this man, this collection bears witness to the period and the person. Hearing each of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, speeches as one in a continuum calls attention to his passions and concerns, and underscores his oratory style. The introductions by distinguished Americans, including George McGovern, Coretta Scott King, and Andrew Young, provide historical perspective and background for each speech. From the Montgomery Improvement Association meeting to the Memphis Mason Temple meeting, King's speeches are remarkable. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 12/8/2010

    " This book is an excellent piecing together of the life of this great man in his own words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 11/24/2010

    " Thought it a very inspirational book! An amazing man! Didn't know if it would be for me till about 4-5 chapters in! So glad I read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tynisha | 11/9/2010

    " this is soooooooo good you should read it some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer | 9/29/2010

    " Enlightening. What a hero. I had to pull over about ten times while listening to this in my car to copy down some of his quotes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaheera | 8/31/2010

    " Beautiful narration of a great struggle by common people under impressive leadership of King! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylormjensen | 8/29/2010

    " This recording contains many of Dr. King's speeches in his own words, the rest of the autobiography is recorded by LeVar Burton. This is a great road-trip CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/17/2010

    " Okay, but got tedious. So much repetition. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son and grandson of pastors. He graduated from Morehouse College and Crozer Theological Seminary, becoming the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama at age twenty-five. He subsequently earned his PhD from Boston University. In 1957, he and other civil rights leaders founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization he led until his death. A proponent of Gandhian principles of nonviolence, he led many protests and demonstrations for civil rights, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 29, 1963, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, he continued to fight for civil rights, the eradication of poverty, and the end of the Vietnam War. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.