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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations

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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  17 reviews
As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine's Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, it's as urgent now as ever to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., whose insistence on equality and peace defined the Civil Rights Movement ...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Melville House
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Camille A
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographie
weird to rate Martin Luther King Jr.'s interviews, like ... who am i to give my opinion on what this brilliant man had to say ?
Laçin T.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americas, violence
Nice selection for introducing MLK to newbies.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very eye opening book towards Negro segregation in the United States. It was specially appealing to me because, since the book is made up of interviews, it is written in first person which allowed me to clearly understand Martin Luther King Jr.'s point of view and ideas. These also showed a very clear parallelism to the feminist revolution going on currently which made the book even more relatable. I would really recommend this book because it is a great way to understand a ...more
Matt Blair
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of compelling ideas in a short and engaging volume.
Elliot Ratzman
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MLK’s last interview was a question/answer session with rabbis at the Rabbinical Assembly ten days before his murder in Memphis. The rabbis sang “We Shall Overcome” in Hebrew, then Abraham Joshua Heschel gave him a rousing introduction calling him a prophet. That interview, which touches on his “poor people’s campaign”, his thoughts on anti-Semitism, Jewish economic power, the State of Israel, and Black Power advocates caps this short collection of interviews. This volume also includes his first ...more
Insightful interviews and conversations with Martin Luther King, especially his poignant and stil-timely last words, where he spoke about his vision to tackle poverty among people of all races an the purpose of non-violent but nevertheless militant (as in demanding and persistent) movement. Nevertheless, this is a very thin book and thee certainly is more material that could have been used.

Poverty is glaring, notorious reality...I guess it wouldn't be so bad for them if it were shared misery,
Meghan L
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this to get to know MLK a little better. Everything he said is still so relevant. I was interested to read what his point of view was, because he said things about how he thought history would go, and he was right in some places, but things now are different than he thought they might be, too. I wonder what he would have to say about where our society is, now. I'm sure he'd still be fighting for the civil rights of all. How sad to have lost him, when our country still needs his voice, ...more
Randolf Stephens
A good introduction I think, to one of the most influential men of modern times. The style, direct transcripts of his conversations, gives an unvarnished view of his thoughts on the key topics of racism, activism and integration, topics that unfortunately are still all too relevant. Leaves the reader wanting to know more about the man, in a biographical sense and also wanting to dive deeper into his work on these topics. I couldn't help but try to recreate his Baptist, preaching style of ...more
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I would've enjoyed this much more if the formatting wasn't so distracting. The only part of this book that was readable was the last chapter. Otherwise, I spent most of the book reading people interrupting each other and cutting each other off. There are much better Dr. King books out there.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
More of an academic work I think, for scholars of Dr King's work. This book is verbatim recordings of interviews with Dr King just before his assassination. It also includes transcript from his personal guidance column in Ebony magazine, and reflects the beliefs of the time around relationships.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good man.
Sara Habein
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for January. Sadly all-too-relevant today.
Luke Koskinen
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I appreciate most about this book is that there is nothing added to it! It’s simple transcripts of some important interviews in MLK’s life!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, nonfic
This was a nice refresher on Dr. King's message and the era in which he operated. Some of this stuff is utterly mind-boggling now: the fixation on interracial relationships, for one. On the other hand, it's painfully clear that a lot of the racist bullshit Dr. King was talking about is still firmly in place today. Some quotes that struck me:

I’m thinking of love in action and not something where you say, “Love your enemies,” and just leave it at that, but you love your enemies to the point that
Peter Barr
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book that was five interviews and writings from 1957 to 1968. It starts with an interview on PBS which still sounds current. There is an interview with Mike Wallace. There is a piece from Martin Luther King Jt's work in an advise column that ran in the 1950's. This is one of a series of last interview books and certainly an inspiring look at Martin Luther King Jr.
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