Martin Luther King, Jr. had hoped to be a Baptist preacher in a Southern city. Instead, by the time he was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39, he had been awarded the Nobel Prize and had led millions of people in a nonviolent movement that shattered forever the Southern system of segregation of the races. His eloquent, passionate advocacy of civil and human rights, rooted in the techniques of peaceful demonstration pioneered by Mahatma Gandhi, brought a new dimension of dignity to people's lives and a new hope for freedom and the community of man.
Throughtout his brief life, his words communicated his vision, his passion, and his faith, and they demonstrated his figt to inspire others to follow his lead. He asked to be remembered as a âdrum major for justice,â and he is.
This new, handsome volume of selections from Dr. King's speeches and writings, created as a âliving memorialâ to his philosphies and ideas, focuses on severn areas of this concerns: The Community of Man, Racism, Civil Rights, Justice and Freedom, Faith and Religion, Nonviolence, and Peace. The message these workds convey is as inspiring and fundamental to life today as it ever was suring his lifetime. As he said, âHuman progress is neither automatic nor inevitableâ¦This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.â
Coretta Scot King is president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgiaâ"the only organization in the world mandated for the purpose of fostering social change throught nonviolence. Always closely involved with her husband's life work, she continues to devote herself to human and civil rights causes, conducting workshops and lecturing extensively all over the world, inspiring others to keep her husband's dream and philosophy alive. She is also the author of My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Illustrated with photographs
Table of Contents
- Introduction by Coretta Scott King
- The Community of Man
- Civil Rights
- Justice and Freedom
- Faith and Religion
- âI've Been to the Mountain Topâ Excerpt from the Speech Given April 3, 1968
- âI Have a Deamâ Excerpt from the Speech Given August 28, 1963