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

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On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking out over thousands of troubled Americans who had gathered in the name of civil rights and uttered his now famous words, "I have a dream . . ." It was a speech that changed the course of history.This fortieth-anniversary edition honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s courageous dream and his ...more
Paperback, Special 75th Anniversary Edition, 210 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by HarperOne (first published 1987)
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Donna
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and it will definitely go on my re-read pile. It literally had me weeping. There was so much to think about here. Not only about the man, but about his message and his preaching. It was all an amazing read.

I loved that the audio contained the actual recordings of this speeches and his sermons. It was great to listen to not only his words, but also to hear the passion in his voice. It was wonderful. What a great man. What great messages.

I loved his use o
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Tim
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Carlos
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Bre
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
MLK is one of the names that got thrown around a lot when I was in school, both in and out of context. For this, I think it was easy for me to caricaturize him as that guy who had a dream, went to jail a few times for it, and eventually was killed. Part of my motivation (inspired by Toni Morrison, actually) for reading this book was to get a little closer to MLK the man, to see what his thoughts were in detail, his motivations.

One thing I didn't realize was how methodical King was.
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Roger DeBlanck
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of nonviolence is as vital today as it was during the Civil Rights Movement. In reading this collection of his writings and speeches, I gained inspiration to remain part of the fight for freedom and justice for all Americans.

Below is a brief summary of Dr. King’s beliefs and teachings that changed the world. What he advocated and achieved as a leader is still essential to guiding us in confronting today’s evils:

• Retaliating with hate and
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Brooke
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Goodness, I've always held Martin Luther King Jr as a hero but after reading this book that belief is solidified. I didn't realize how many standards I shared with this great man until reading his words- in war, equality, nonviolence, peace, love, and unity. He was not just a man of great words but one who sealed them with his blood.
Kimberly
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such powerful words, especially as men and women continue to face injustice and police brutality today.
Keith
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
As I read this book, I came to appreciate the work of Martin Luther King Jr.. While he was alive, I lived too far away from the South to know what he was about. Now I have met a few people of his race, which made this book much more meaningful.

The part that impressed me the most was his talk criticizing the involvement of the United States in fighting in Vietnam. He made it very clear how wrong what we were doing there was. The following two quotations are from that chapter.
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Andrew
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
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J Yi
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
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Joshua Tintner
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
A beacon of morality, a scalpel of social analysis, and a subtly deft use of words. One of the most inspiring and insightful books Ive ever read.
Keith Cornell
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I needed this book in my life. I'm a 34 year old black man and have had more than my share of African American history month and Afrocentric teachers that had us recite the I Have A Dream Speech. So I was very acquainted with the legend, but not the man and his thoughts.
I struggled with this review because I couldn't untie the name of the author from the quality of the writing. But I realized that's ok. Because this book isn't about beautiful prose; it's about action. How do we act to help vuln
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Megan Byrd
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books-read
Twenty speeches and written articles from Dr. King organized by date given. The beginning of each speech has an introduction that talks about what was going on at that time in King's life and the Civil Rights Movement.

I learned a lot about King's thoughts and heart from what he said and wrote a letter along with the history and climate he experienced during this time. It was also neat to read the whole speech and learn the context from which famous quotes have been taken. A very interesting and
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Dondray
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is very good to learn about the past and what Martin Luther King JR did for the black community and for the world to notice that where all the same. All his speeches in this book taught me how to treat others even though times are hard.This book is a good book to read over if your learning about civil rights. The book also has 20 of his best memorable writing and speeches. I suggest you should read this book
Danielle Crawford
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's almost sad at how relevant Dr. King's words still are. His words should speak of a bygone era, but at least you look at what the civil rights movement tried to accomplish and make a path forward.
Michael Nichols
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
King was an unbelievably gifted rhetorician. His diction, metaphors, turns of phrase. They're all so striking and just perfect.
Lilly Pittman
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Clear writing. I highly recommend.
Pedro Trujillo
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
One of the most important books in twentieth century and one of the most inspired.
Beachg1rl53
Reading MLK's writings and speeches in one place was very enlightening. He was a great historical scholar and the his evolution of his thinking was interesting to watch. I found his biblical support of his thinking very thoughtful.
Pete Janopaul
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Im reading the book I have a Dream by Coretta King. This book takes place in all the citys where Martin Luther King gave gis most powerful speeches and all of his childhood. The main character in this book is Martin Luther King. He is a very important and powerful guy. He cares deeply about equal rights for whites and blacks. The problem in the story is that blacks are being judged by the color of their skin. This book is a big 10/10. This book is very emotional too. I enjoyed reading all of his ...more
Jason
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Niki
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 th
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Kat
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Tommy
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone...read it twice
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 oppres
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Jesse
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Silvia A.
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Samantha Morris
*This was not the exact copy I read. The copy I read for class was by Kadir Nelson

Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture Book/Historical Fiction

Text-to-Self Connection
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 unforge
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Justarius
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
James
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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