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The most powerful aspects of this "autobiography" are the excerpts from Dr. King's speeches. It is stunning to hear him speak to the very first meeting of the Montgomery bus boycott supporters (after first hearing how little time he had to prepare) and to also hear the voices of the crowd chiming in their approval. The text that stiches the speech excerpts together is considerably weaker, because that text was not written by Dr. King and lacks his eloquence. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating insight into a great leader and an extraordinary time in American history.
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The editor of this book used MLKs own words to compile an biography that was commissioned and authorized by MLKs family after his death. In the Audible version, his own speeches are scattered throughout. Magnificent!
I cannot imagine a soul who cannot benefit from reading this book. It is still sadly so appropriate today. Progress has been made, yes. But too many things remain extremely problematic.
Those who post memes about choosing love over hate but who do not post MLK memes about action, duty, justice, fairness are especially in need of reading this book. You are in danger of choosing order over action, something MLK did not respect. In fact he felt that was the most dangerous type of person, "the moderate."
Anyone who thinks MLK was a republican should read this book.
Anyone who thinks MLK would approve of not taking action when police brutality is targeted more at black people than white should read this book.
Anyone who thinks MLK would not call for action when it has been shown that black people are arrested, caged, and punished after incarceration at *much* higher rates than white people who committed the *same* crime needs to read this book.
No matter if you are black or white, if you fail to act, MLK would not be on your side. If you disagree, but have not read his own words, read them. If you choose order over justice, you are the most troublesome type of person in MLKs eyes. Here for the taking are his own words, laid out in historical time, so the reader can understand the full context. All you need to do is read for yourself.
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Really powerful insight into an incredible man and a social mirror that makes you question your own life and position.
If you want to feel humble and insincere then listen to this. I feel richer for doing so and can't recommend it highly enough. The occasional voices from the man himself made the hair on my arms stand up.
Where do you find more like this?
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I planned to listen to this alongside reading the physical book as I usually do. The book itself is fascinating and a very good read. However, the audiobook does not follow along at all, with the narrator missing out entire paragraphs. By the time the audiobook had reached chapter 5, I gave up and returned it. I will just read the physical version instead.
You need to listen to this book. God bless Martin Luther King jnr and his family
Wow! What an eloquent, poetic and awe inspiring autobiography of one of the greatest men to ever live. with rare recordings of MLK and gospel songs throughout the recording. This audio book is a must for all.