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I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

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A beautiful gift edition of the most memorable and perhaps most inspiring speech given by one of our century's greatest civil rights leaders and orators.
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published 1987)
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We read this for a peace and justice class I took this semester at Eastern Mennonite University, and out of the books I’ve seen on King, this one does perhaps the best job of including the entire significance of his message in just over 200 pages. All sides, from the most quoted and convenient, to the most grating and uncomfortable are included. You will recognize many quotes as they have been repeated ad infinitum in our media for decades. Some of the lesser known quotes are understandably left ...more
Oct 27, 2009 Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the BEST BOOK by Martin Luther King Jr.The book title is "I HAVE A DREAM".This title is so important because it talks about how Martin Luther King JR has a dream that 1 day racism will stop.That blacks and white will get along together and form a perfect Union.That 1 day is children will grow up to be important people in the world.That they will be remembered forever.This book is about how the speeches that Martin Luther King Jr made changed the world that made racism stop and made black ...more
Since a young age I've been fascinated with history. I was in "gifted" programs in elementary and middle school. I have a BA in political science with a minor in history. I have an MA in education. I taught English and even used Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech.

You hear a lot about the downfall of American education. Of course, the criticisms are often levied at math and science. You hear people fret about international testing scores and our rank. Sadly, the one thing you never hear about is
J Yi
Nov 22, 2012 J Yi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"at times, life is hard, as hard as crucible steel. it has its bleak and painful moments. like the ever-flowing waters of a river, life has its moments of droughts and its moments of flood. like the ever changing cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth of the summers and the piercing chill of its winters. but through it all, god walks with us."

...such resonating words that shake us time after time; provides relevance even beyond the civil rights context; philosophy largely concerned
Oct 04, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our world was once not as kind and as liberal as we seem today. In the past, there was a time period in which people discriminated each other due to their skin color. Many colored people had their Human Rights violated. Until, a man named Martin Luther King, JR. started standing up for these people and fought for colored people’s rights. Through his eyes, King believed that “we have seen the old order in our own nation, in the form of segregation and discrimination.” That’s when King decided to ...more
Silvia A.
Jan 22, 2016 Silvia A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Have A Dream:Writings and Speeches That Changed the World is an excellent book that consists of many of Dr.Martin Luther King's writings.I chose to read this book because after reading and analyzing Dr. King's famous I Have A Dream Speech I realized that the 60's where something I was really interested in learning further about.Martin Luther King did an incredibly great job on fighting for equality with words.He inspired those people who were afraid to speak up and claim their rightful place ...more
Aug 28, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I find it hard to say something that isn't totally obvious about this, but I'll say what I feel. That is: MLK was probably the finest orator of the 20th century, easily one of the best political writers, and above all most likely the easiest candidate for sainthood. These essays and speeches, though they do occasionally repeat themselves, offer the kind of intellectual, spiritual, and emotional nourishment on which humanity can feed and be revived. Several of these essays I've read before, and e ...more
Feb 10, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apart from some introductory text at the beginning of the book, and short lead-ins (about a page or less) to each of the twenty distinct pieces, the words are all Dr. King's. This has been my first real exposure to any of his writings (or speeches) in their entirety, so I don't have a basis of comparison to say if these twenty were the best choices to represent his teachings and beliefs. But the ones you'd expect to be there are there - the "I Have a Dream" speech, the Letter from a Birmingham J ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Niki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was so amazing to read his exact words. This book had some of his most famous speeches and writings in chronological order. It was amazing to learn more about his philosophy. He was so intelligent and tried so hard to inspire people to peacefully resolve the injustices they were facing. He was an amazing teacher and leader.

I have always learned about the Civil Rights movement, but have such a hard time knowing that it was only 50 years ago that these horrible things were ha
Jun 15, 2008 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Martin Luther King Jr. was simply amazing and this collections of writings and speeches gives a great picture of what he was like, what he stood for and how truly revolutionary and visionary he was.

If people would just read what he wrote and said they would appreciate him so much more. I think especially about how King claims that poor white people should be marching with them because they are both being held down by the same force and how currently they are fighting for their oppressors. The cu
Cortney Perkins
I love reading about Martin Luther King Jr. and this book is one the best ones I have read. It is all about the racism issues from the civil rights movement and how Martin Luther King Jr. thought and spoke with kindness rather then with hatred. The book talked about how racism will end one day and that making a stand can make a difference. It provides many examples of Martin Luther King Jr. speeches and it is a really good read. This would be a great book to have in a classroom library for older ...more
Samantha Morris
*This was not the exact copy I read. The copy I read for class was by Kadir Nelson

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After reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech in the book "I Have a Dream," I got the chills remembering how many times I was read this speech as a child. Throughout my entire life I have heard excerpts or interpretations of his speech, and can recite pieces of it from memory. It truly is an unforgettable speech, and the paintings in
Apr 19, 2013 Justarius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. MLK is famous for his nonviolence and his "I Have a Dream" speech, but how many people know how he got there? How he developed his philosophy, and what happened afterwards? This book will help fill in those cracks--in his own words--and give you a more complete picture of this remarkable man.

Along the way, you'll marvel at how well read he was and see how he struggled to keep people on "the middle way" amid the titan forces that were tearing America apart in the 1960s. Tow
Jessica Wilkins
Nov 27, 2015 Jessica Wilkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful letters and I'd feel like a bit of a jerk if I gave it less than 5 stars!
Vince Brown
Feb 14, 2014 Vince Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really thought this book was a great collection of MLK's ideology through his words and writings. It does an awesome job at touching on a variety of subjects and one can get a feel for MLK's progression throughout the years. His later years are very much worth reading. "Where Do We Go From Here?", "The Drum Major Instinct", and "I See The Promised Land" were among my favorites. Such a gift this man was to us all.
Glen Gersmehl
Dec 27, 2014 Glen Gersmehl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best medium-length collection
Shane Gorbel
it was really good & inspirational
Mar 22, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest orators of the twentieth century in the United States of America. The speeches and writings ring accord off the written page too from the depth of his soul and reveal what's in his blood. A historical document that connects and drives into the heart of the problems encountered by entrenched racism and how to transform them into brighter days where all of God's children can come together and hold hands singing the old negro spiritual "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almi ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Andre rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who would like to benifit from other minds that been through it all
Recommended to Andre by: myself
what i learned from this book was the speeches the writers that used there minds as an instrument to change the out come of the world as it sit s today.The way you can use your thoughts and your mind to alter the false in the world to turn people go in the right direction without the acted of violence....Violence is not the key to solve every thing but the greatest atvantage that a person could every have is the mind book read books to alter your mind t the greatest key 2 success
Jan 16, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very impacting. It is amazing to see the progress that has occurred since he first accepted the responsibilities of being the face of racial equality. His connections between the resistance against racist oppression and the protest against the Vietnam War are very informative. King's theory that non-violent resistance needs a divine source for its momentum and foundation clearly explains why he is still recognized in today's time.
Anthony Sanabria
This was a biography on the famous Martin luther king jr and it talks about everything he did what he said its all in here. Who influenced him which we all know was gandhi who made this man do great things with non voilence and expressing all his lifes changes of what he was trying to acheieve was all expressed in this book that you can picture martin saying and doing all these things that the book was dicussing of him.
Mohamed Fadily
For my facebook friends plz Read that book then you will learn alot of good things , you will know how mr Marten louser king had changed US community To better how he had equaled the black and white people during his dream in a safely way
How was US Through his time and how is US now
Hopes the Egyptian president morsy follow his steps to become my home like USA in everything
Oct 30, 2009 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I chuckle every time that the good Dr. Rev. MLK mentions Thomas Jefferson (the irony is a bit much), 20th century America did not produce any finer speech writer than Dr. King. His grasp of theology, history, philosophy and the classics gave him an ability to weave prosaic thoughts like we may never see again in this, the age of specialization.
Aug 30, 2013 Abutharique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your dreams were beautiful and inspirational. I could feel your emotions while I was wandering through your words. I could feel the atmosphere and the crowd of people before which you were standing. I sensed that at some points you were too emotional. It's respect all that I feel toward you.
Jan 03, 2015 SUSAN OWEN GLASER rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Aug 27, 2010 Lori marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just ordered this from Amazon. I wish someone would make an hour documentary that is solely King's speeches and writings, not later interpretations. I remember being very impressed by the Christianity of his message decades ago when I read some of his writings in college.
Apr 26, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of excellent writings and speeches of MLK. He was so eloquent. No wonder he became a leader in the civil rights movement in his 30s. He had a great grasp of the facts of a situation and a logical mind to make a clear case for justice.
Feb 27, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
What an amazing and inspiring book! As soon as I finished reading it, I wanted to go back and re-read it. Full of wisdom and inspiration. Highly recommended.
Aug 27, 2013 Adrian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
20 of Dr. King's most important speeches and writings, arranged chronologically and with head notes for each piece that provide a contextual timeline of the civil rights movement. I can't praise this highly enough.
Becky Masessa
Aug 11, 2008 Becky Masessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew MLKJ was a cool guy, but I didn't realize how amazing he was. He put his Faith into action in a way few people ever do. READ THE BOOK!
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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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