The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963. Fifty years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement. It continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality.

This gripping book is rooted in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of and draft speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr., and Joan Baez, a singer at the march, as well as Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders. It brings to life the fascinating chronicle behind "The Speech" and other events surrounding the March on Washington. Younge skillfully captures the spirit of that historic day in Washington and offers a new generation of readers a critical modern analysis of why "I Have a Dream" remains America's favorite speech.

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    • Gary Younge
    • Alfred Knobler fellow Gary Younge is an award-winning New York-based columnist for The Guardian and The Nation and an acclaimed author. In 2009 he won the British James Cameron award for his coverage of the 2008 presidential election. His most recent book, on politics and identity, is Who...

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