The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Created as a "living memorial" to the philosophies and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this essential volume includes more than 120 quotations from the greatest civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings. Selected and introduced by Coretta Scott King, the book helps keep the dream alive by focusing on seven areas of the Nobel Peace Prize winner's concern: the community of man, racism, civil rights, justice and freedom, faith and religion, nonviolence, and peace....
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Overview

Created as a "living memorial" to the philosophies and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this essential volume includes more than 120 quotations from the greatest civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings. Selected and introduced by Coretta Scott King, the book helps keep the dream alive by focusing on seven areas of the Nobel Peace Prize winner's concern: the community of man, racism, civil rights, justice and freedom, faith and religion, nonviolence, and peace.
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From King's speeches and writings, here are more than 120 quotations on the community of man, racism, civil rights, justice and freedom, faith and religion, nonviolence, and peace.
Malcolm Boyd
This volume of quotations is thoughtful, intelligently provocative... —Los Angeles Times
New York Times
A valuable book.
Ebony Man
This book celebrates King's wisdom and is relevant today as it was during his lifetime.
Children's Literature
"When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind." These words and others from King's sermons, speeches and published works typify his conviction to address social wrongs by peaceful means. An introduction by his wife, Coretta, brings King's history briefly to life through her eyes—from their first meeting as students in 1952 to his death by a sniper's bullet in 1968. The quotations eloquently advocate love, peace, strength and courage, and are divided into sections representing Racism, The Community of Man, Nonviolence, Faith and Religion and more. Also included is President Reagan's speech proclaiming Martin Luther King Day as a public holiday. This short book could easily be read straight through but would benefit readers even more when absorbed in small, thoughtful doses. Though sources for the selections are listed, individual selections are rarely identified, making the text more useful for inspiration and awareness than as a research resource. An extensive chronology incorporates Dr. King's personal history with relevant events of the Civil Rights movement. Generous amounts of white space dramatically offset both the words and the black-and-white photographs that personify this vital leader and his cause. Part of "The Newmarket Words Of" series. 1996 (orig. 1983), Newmarket, $11.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Betty Hicks AGES: 9 10 11 12 13 14
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"A valuable book." —The New York Times

"This book celebrates King's wisdom and is relevant today as it was during his lifetime." —Ebony Man

"This volume of quotations is thoughtful, intelligently provocative…" —Malcolm Boyd, Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557048158
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Newmarket Words of... Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Luther King IIIis the elder son of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King. He is a human rights advocate and community activist. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Arndrea, and his daughter, Yolanda Renee.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
The Community of Man 15
Racism 27
Civil Rights 35
Justice and Freedom 49
Faith and Religion 61
Nonviolence 69
Peace 81
"I've Been to the Mountain Top" Excerpt from the speech given April 3, 1968 93
"I Have a Dream" Excerpt from the speech given August 28, 1963 95
Proclamation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by the President of the United States 99
Chronology 105
Sources 119
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