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Book Title: I Have a Dream (Great Speeches of the 20th Century, #8)|
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The author of the book: Martin Luther King Jr.
Edition: Guardian News & Media
Date of issue: 2007
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Ahh yes, I remember this book. I got it when it first came out in '97, it was the biggest (in terms of length/size) I owned as it was made in the style of books you put on your living room table. The book contains the full speech supplemented by specially commissioned pictures that were interpreting a quotation from the speech. At the end was a commentary on the pictures, in which we are told what the artists were trying to capture.
As for the actual speech, I do not know what more to add to the endless commentary. This speech was one that King had been giving throughout 1963 (most famously you can still find the last proto-version of the speech he gave in Detroit of that year) and it starts by reminding the crowd that it had only been 100 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and that African-Americans had been issued a check marked "insufficient funds" and it goes on from there to become the great (possibly over-celebrated) speeches of the 20th century.
Just for the curious. here is Dr. King looking back at this speech in the context of the Vietnam War:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYGtT...
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Read information about the authorMartin 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 efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Here he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a national holiday in the United States in 1986. In 2004, King was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.
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