In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope the continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind-for the first time- has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Vincent Harding ix
Foreword Coretta Scott King xxiii
I Where Are We? 1
II Black Power 23
III Racism and the White Backlash 71
IV The Dilemma of Negro Americans 109
V Where We Are Going 143
VI The World House 177
Appendix: Programs and Prospects 203
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community was a worthwhile read. There are large sections that only provide historical information about the status of the Civil Rights Movement in 1967. This extended case study provides some valuable insights into disappointment, powerful campaigns for change, and economic stratification in modern America.Up until the last chapter, it appeared Dr. King maintained race as the central issue defining his movement. However, he closed with a chapter on the importance of realizing economic disparity in order to fix the ills of the world. A book concentrating solely on how he planned on shifting the movement from one of race to one of economic improvements for all lower income people of America would have proved much more pertinent into the future and relieved some of the racial tensions that exist to this day. Perhaps if he had lived longer to make changes within the movement, or start a new raceless movement toward economic reforms, the problems that exist today could have been avoided. At least I now have something to fall back on when some makes a racial comment toward me; or when I see someone spit at the bus driver after refusing to ride the bus because she is white. I know that even one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement tested the waters of a raceless foray into economic change--hopefully someone will continue his work soon.
I am once again in awe of how relevant the work of Dr. King is. The words in this book could easily be addressing political and social issues today. In this work he definitely moves his thinking to include education, poverty issues, employment and more. He also addresses the money spent on the military. It's definitely a broader and more edgy book and I appreciated that.
Dr. King was before his time. The issues he speaks about in this book is sadly still relevant today. If the government and people Of this country would just take heed to his problem solving solutions, this country would be far better off and actually live up to what the Constitution really means for ALL of its citizens and immigrants. Happy Reading.
Please read it and get to know the real MLK!