A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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knightchief123 More than 1 year ago
A Call to Conscience is a book made up of all spectacular speeches and sermons given by Dr. Martin Luther King complied all into one book. The speeches include " Address to the First Montgomery Improvement Association(MIA) Mass Meeting, "The Birth of a New Nation", "Give us the Ballot", I Have a Dream", "I've Been to the Mountaintop," and many others. In these many speeches, Martin Luther King paints a very vivid picture for how dark and twisted the time period in which he lived in, really was. He showed the true horrors of what life has been for black in the United States during the 1950's and 60's, and explained their everyday struggle to gain civil rights and to be treated like a human. In his first speech at the (MIA) Mass Meeting, he mentions, "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.... I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.... I still believe that we shall overcome." In the novel, Dr. King tries to explain to the African American community that they should fight love with hate. Throughout the novel, Dr. King tries to get them, not to fight against each other in anger of their situation, but unite them in order that they can fight the white men peace. He also referred to the biblical occurrence of the Israelites being in Egypt, and how they had to join together and break free from the Egyptians, and by the help from God, they passed through the Red Sea and were taken through the wilderness, into the Promised Land. He likened this to the situation of the African American community in their time, facing oppression, racism, just like the Israelites when they were held as slaves in Egypt. He also referred to the African American community as God's chosen race. In Martin Luther King's last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop", he mentioned, "if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, "Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?" I would take my mental flight by Egypt and I would watch God's children in their magnificent trek from the dark dungeons of Egypt through, or rather across the Red Sea, through the wilderness on toward the Promised Land. And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn't stop there." Dr. King continued on to say "I call upon you to take your money out of the banks downtown and deposit your money in Tri-State Bank. We want a "bank-in" movement in Memphis. Go by the savings and loan association. I'm not asking you something that we don't do ourselves at SCLC. Judge Hooks and others will tell you that we have an account here in the savings and loan association from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. We are telling you to follow what we are doing. Put your money there. You have six or seven black insurance companies here in the city of Memphis. Take out your insurance there." (A Call to Conscience, 216) See, he knew how to attack the problem, without using violence and hatred. He truly proved to be a great leader for not only his community of African Americans but for whites. All in all this was a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am exicted to own this collection of speeches by one of the greatest Americans. However, I was very irritated to discover that THE CD'S WILL NOT PLAY ON EITHER OF MY COMPUTERS. They play fine on a regular CD player. This information should be known in advance of purchase. I do not regret the purchase IN SPITE OF THE MAJOR INCONVENIENCE of not being able to listen in my office.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Stanford University Professor Clayborne Carson compiles some of the great speeches by Dr. King that stirred the world into positive social activity. Most of the entries are famous such as the ¿I Have A dream¿, a personal favorite not just solely because of the moving address. I shared a row in coach on a plane from Hartsfield to Reagan with Congressman Lewis who still has butterflies from that landmark moment in history any time he flies into DC. The introductions to each oration provide additional perspectives on eleven of the ¿landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.¿. This is a wonderful collection that takes the reader back to a time of turmoil in which a prophet arose to awaken a generation into believing not just dreaming that justice and equality needs to be the American way.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am amazed at how this man could speak!!!He moves me so much that I am speechless when I read what he has written!!!!!!!! By: a fifth grader . I'm not kidding. I'm 10
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Kayleigh Harnden More than 1 year ago
during my 4th grade years and 5th grade years i love this speach an i still remember it like it was yesterday my kids aree also saying the speach later to day :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of truths that we still need to hear today. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't own many non-fictional books, but this one I had to get. It's the only book I own that's a hardcover, but it was worth every penny. I came across it by pure accident in the library while searching for images on the Civil Rights movement and ended up reading it for a couple of hours. I always knew that Dr. King was (historically)a great speaker, but I had no idea how great he really was until I picked up this book and have gained more respect for him. I suggest anyone at least read the book once, especially if they're in a down time in their life.