The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream

byGary YoungeRead byPeter Marinker

January 27, 2015|
The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream by Gary Younge
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The night before the March on Washington in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. asked his aides for advice about the next day's speech. "Don't use the lines about 'I have a dream'," Wyatt Walker told him "It's trite, it's cliché. You've used it too many times already."

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered at least 350 talks in 1963 alone. Countless speeches have been delivered on civil rights and, indeed, many others beside Martin Luther King's were delivered at the March on Washington. So what was it that made that particular speech historical? Why do we remember it? How do we remember it? And what about it have we chosen to forget?

Gary Younge examines what made the speech so timely...and so timeless. Few at that time could imagine the world he was evoking but to achieve its aims, all had to believe it was possible. Fifty years on it is clear that in eliminating segregation—not racism but formal, codified, explicit discrimination—the civil rights movement delivered the last significant moral victory in America for which there is still a consensus. The speech's appeal endures because it remains the most eloquent, poetic, unapologetic, and public articulation of that victory.

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the Guardian, based in Chicago. He also writes a monthly column for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. Born in Britain to Barbadian parents, Younge reported all over Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean before being appointe...
Title:The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s DreamFormat:Audio Book (CD)Product dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.5 inPublished:27 janvier 2015Publisher:Brilliance AudioLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501251422

ISBN - 13:9781501251429

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