A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
Here, in the only major one-volume collection of his writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections, is Martin Luther King Jr. on non-violence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and more.
especially good were many of the writings that he did near the end of his life. King did not shrink from deeply questioning capitalism, poverty, and the U.S. military's campaigns around the world. King's campaigns in these areas were just beginning to ...more
First published in 1986, "A Testament of Hope" remains the most comprehensive single-volume edition of the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. The book consists of 57 selections from King's books, essays,sermons, speeches, and interviews, all of which work to give a broad picture of the thinking and accomplishments of this great American civil rights leader.
The book includes works of King that many readers will find familiar including the "I have a Dream" sp ...more
This is a great book. Although I often enjoy books even when I'm not sure yet how to think about them, I generally agree with his attitude and his ways of looking at the world. Although Martin was a Baptist preacher, it was simple for ...more
I decided last year to just buy this book and use it as a devotional of sorts, reading a few pages per night. This is one of the best decisions I've made recently. There is SO MUCH WISDOM to be found in these pages. Most of these ...more
The only criticism I have of this book is that it needed a thicker editorial la ...more
Read one speech or one section or every word. No matter how much of this book you read, you will get to know a man whose powers of persuasion and sense of morality are unmatched. Every line feels like a gut punch or a resounding call to action ...more
Some key messages that come through in his speeches:
1. Nonviolent resistance is necessary, but it is no passive thing. It requires intense effort and dedication. It is not for the fainthearted.
2. The time for equality is now. Every day that passed without positive change, every white person or powerful institution who ask ...more
The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr
Editor: James M Washington
Publisher: Harper Collins
Dewey: 973.923 KIN
Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Summary: Martin Luther King’s thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, ethics, hope, and more, in his own words. Sermons, interviews, s ...more
King's capacious mind and fierce courage remain unmatched. His understanding of Christianity was transcendent in all the ways that matter. Today's Evangelicals remain clueless. A ...more
Despite having read several of his books, I hadn't realized King's full spectrum for social and spiritual freedom until reading this book. It's perfect for anyone who interested in in the man's life and believes that love can change the world. Even for readers who are skeptical about love ...more
One could translate all his written work on racial inequality from the 20th century directly into Economic Inequality of the world today, and the language, outcomes and values in his writing would be perfectly applicab ...more
Thanks to the generosity of Goodreads' review section, I'm not going to spare you any of those 2,000 words. You don't have to read them. It's just the kind of blather generated by a great writer.
When you grow up, as I did, in the United States of America, Dr. Martin Luther Kin ...more
King was brilliant, eloquent, and before his time. His ideas were progressive and inclusive, and opened my eyes to the complexity of the issues and varied voices of the civil rights movement.
This book is fascinating and ...more
The ironic point about this is how unfortunately we have made seemingly not enough progress in the last 50 years.