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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as "the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth." Stride Toward Freedom traces the phenomenal journey of a community and shows how the 26-year-old King, with his conviction for equality and nonviolence, helped transform the nation and the world.
©1958 Martin Luther King, Jr. Copyright renewed 1986 by Coretta Scott King, Dexter King, Martin Luther King III, Yolanda King, Bernice King. Introduction Copyright 2010 Clayborne Carson (P)2015 Tantor
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"Martin Luther King's early words return to us today with enormous power, as profoundly true, as wise and inspiring, now as when he wrote them 50 years ago." (Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Georgia Burns on 02-06-16

A look into the mind of Dr King

I chose this title to know more about the bus boycott in my hometown of Montgomery. As a child of nine at the time, about all I knew was that we starting driving our maid home after work. What I learned was far beyond a long overdue history lesson. Dr. King's explication of the characteristics of non-violent resistance was so clear and inspiring. His constant invocation of proper Christian behavior was also encouraging. With all the hatred and division in the world today, what an uplifting story of the refusal to hate bringing justice and dignity to a righteous cause.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Bosket on 02-10-18

Every American Should Listen to These Words

I’ve never fully (and won’t ever) understand segregation or racism, but this account of history has given me a better understanding of this important historical event in the civil rights movement. More so, it makes me long for a renewed interest in the teachings of MLK, specifically nonviolent resistance and Christian love in action, rather than a tertiary interest in the generic cause of civil rights. MLK proved with his life that works without love is just noise.

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