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Trumpet of Conscience

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History has a way, it seems, of turning men in to convenient myths: witness Martin Luther King, whose provocative anti-war sentiments and zealous advocacy of the poor are often shunted to the background to make room for more comfortable outpourings such as his "l have a dream" speech. This book contains five all-but-forgotten speeches from the end of King's life, including ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1968)
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Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
There are 79 pages if you count MLK's bio at the end. That said, what a powerful book. I had always heard speeches, read recollections, but I had never read his words. This collection was awesome. What a great orator and writer. It saddens me that with a few name/date/issue changes, nothing much has changed. And yet so much has changed. I definitely recommend his work. Totally accessible, moving, inspirational, exciting. Loved it.
Rachael Cain
Amazing. Particularly interesting since these were the lectures he gave in Canada. I had flagged and highlighted almost every page of this book when I loved a particular passage until I just gave up and accepted that the entire book is incredible. His "Christmas Sermon on Peace" is the most beautiful thing I have ever read. Highly, highly recommend.
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"Peace and civil rights don't mix. Aren't you hurting the cause of your people? When I hear such questions, I have been greatly saddened for they mean that my inquirers have never really known me, my commitment, or my calling." These were words that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recalled being spoken to him by many who questioned his decision to publicly oppose the government's policy regarding the Vietnam War. He wrote of this in his book, The Trumpet of Conscience.

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Amal
What can I say? It' Martin Luther King Jr. and his speeches are as relevant today as they were then. Truly inspirational. I especially enjoyed his "Conscience and the Vietnam War" speech, "Youth and Social Action" speech, and "A Christmas Sermon on Peace".
Here's a glimpse: "Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are
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It's unsettling to think how much of these speeches are still applicable to the modern world and our modern circumstances. It shows how slowly we plod in matters of justice, that's for sure.
Anthony
This book was written for people like me.
Chris
King is a true giant. Rhetoric which has no equal, perhaps, in the twentieth century. Chilling. He speaks with a passion and a holy anger that thrills. A short read and definitely worth it.
Heather Jones
Simply wonderful. Thought provoking rhetoric that while quick and easy to read really sinks in deep when you take your time and think about what he is speaking about.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King was a Baptist minister, one of the few leadership roles available to black men at the time. He became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–1956) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His ef ...more
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