Synopses & Reviews
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 Peace 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.
Throughout his brief life, his words communicated his vision, his passion, and his faith, and they demonstrated his gift to inspire others to follow his lead. He asked to be remembered as a "drum major for justice," and he is.
Created as a living memorial to the philosophies and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this essential volume includes more than 120 quotations from the greatest civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings, along with 16 historical photographs. Selected and introduced by Coretta Scott King, this book helps keep the dream alive by focusing on seven areas of his concern: the community of man, racism,civil rights, justice and freedom, faith and religion, nonviolence, and peace. The message these words convey is as inspiring and fundamental to life today as it ever was during his lifetime. As Dr. King said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. . . .This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."
"A valuable book." —The New York Times
"This book celebrates King's wisdom and is relevant today as it was during his lifetime." —Ebony Man
"This volume of quotations is thoughtful, intelligently provocative…" —Malcolm Boyd, Los Angeles Times
This timeless volume includes highlights from the legendary civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings, selected by Dr. King's wife, who contributes an impressive introduction on his life and legacy. Includes 120 quotations focusing on the Community of Man, Racism, Civil Rights, and more, and a detailed chronology of Dr. King's life.
Back in print in this handy pocket paperback format, this perennial classic from the Newmarket "Words Of" series—over 200,000 copies sold—belongs in every home, school and library.
Throughout his brief life, Martin Luther King, Jr. communicated vision, passion, and inspiration. He led millions of people in a nonviolent movement that shattered the system of segregation in the South, and at the age of 39 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his eloquent, passionate advocacy of civil and human rights. This timeless volume, authorized by the estate of Martin Luther King,Jr., includes highlights from the legendary civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings selected by his wife Coretta Scott King, who contributes an impressive introduction on Dr. King's life and legacy.
The stirring book contains approximately 120 quotations, focusing on seven areas of concern: The Community of Man, Racism, Civil Rights, Justice and Freedom, Faith and Religion, Nonviolence, and Peace. Also included is a detailed chronology of Dr. King's life and its involvement in the civil rights movement in our time.
"I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and justice for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up." —Martin Luther King, Jr.
Created as a living memorial to the philosophies and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this essential volume includes more than 120 quotations from the greatest civil rights leaders speeches, sermons, and writings selected and introduced by Coretta Scott King.
About the Author
Coretta Scott King
is a president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia—an organization with the purpose of fostering social change through the nonviolent methods Dr. King advocated. Always closely involved with her husband's work, she continues to devote herself to human and civil rights. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.