Martin Luther King Jr | His Words
I am writing this from the perspective of the Groovy 60's contributor. Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous "I have a dream speech" in August of 1963. The U.S. Civil War had ended 98 years before. King's speech pointed out that slavery had not ended, 100 years later.
For people who do not remember the 60's, it might come as a shock that the 60's were as stuck in the past as they were. I suggest reading this book by Martin Luther King Jr. While we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day, it is important that we remember more about the man than his assassination.
His words must never leave us. He was a brave man, a man who was not afraid to speak out against injustice that was so ingrained in the fabric of society that much of society had accepted it as the norm.
This book is a collection of his sermons which he started writing while in jail in Albany for holding a prayer vigil during the Albany movement. When Strength to Love came out in 1963, it was a new kind of book. The target audience was white and the words, although some of the more outspoken ones were removes, were very direct and to the point about the treatment of black Americans.
It was an eye-opener and a crucial part of a movement that forever changed America. These are the words of a preacher to his flock, of a believer to the world, of Martin Luther King Jr to us right now, more than half a century later.
More of his words.....
This is the speech that has become iconic.
Last updated on January 20, 2014
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