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Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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On August 28, 1963 hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flocked to the nation's capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. It was Clayborne Carson's first demonstration. A nineteen year old black student from a working-class family in New Mexico, Carson hitched a ride to Washing ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Andie
Mar 18, 2013 Andie rated it liked it
Dr. Cjayborne Carson's book is the story of how he became the editor of the papers of Martin Luther King, how he dealt with preserving and perpetuating the legacy of Dr. King and finally his somewhat turbulent relations with the King family.

In the first half of the book, Dr. Carson tells his own coming of age story, a highlight of which is hitching a ride to Washington, DC for the historic March on Washington and hearing Dr. King deliver his "I have a dream" speech. He is deeply impressed by Dr.
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Maya
Mar 01, 2013 Maya rated it really liked it
Martin's Dream" is at once Claybourne Carson's autobiography, an academic adventure, and a biography of the King family.

The autobiographical section had a great deal of resonance for me personally. I am three years younger than Carson, but participated in the civil rights movement in much the same way. We were both at the March on Washington and both were impressed by John Lewis' speech. Carson hung around the fringes of SNCC. I was briefly an organizer for the off-shoot, SSOC. This section ref
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Rob
May 20, 2013 Rob rated it really liked it
This memoir is an in insightful examination of the scholar and activist Clayborn Carson. Perhaps best known as editor of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., this memoir explains King's influence on Carson and Carson's influence in disseminating the ideas of King. The book describes the role of the civil rights movement in his life and his contributions to that same movement. The book also sheds light on his experiences with the King family and their management of the legacy of King. This book ...more
Rodney
Jan 24, 2014 Rodney rated it liked it
This book is a good synopsis of the backstory of editing the King Papers -- now located at Morehouse College. Dr. Carson also does a decent job positioning his life story in the context of the civil rights movement and beyond. This book is not an essential read, but important in understanding the man most responsible for advancing the ideas, vision, and works of Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr.
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