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The words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Newmarket Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
122 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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Created as a living memorial to the philosophies and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this essential volume includes more than 120 quotations from the greatest civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings. Selected and introduced by Coretta Scott King, this book helps keep the dream alive by focusing on seven areas of the Nobel Peace Prize winner's concern: the community of man, racism, civil rights, justice and freedom, faith and religion, nonviolence, and peace.

Author Notes

Writer and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was born in Heiberger, Alabama, on April 27, 1927. She studied music at Antioch College and the New England Conservatory of Music. She married Martin Luther King, Jr. on June 18, 1953. Coretta Scott King taught and did fundraising for the civil rights movement. When her husband was killed in April, 1968, she took a more active role as a civil rights leader, beginning with her speech on Solidarity Day, June 19, 1968.

King has devoted time to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, where she has served as president and chief executive officer. She also established the Coretta Scott King Award in conjunction with the American Library Association to honor outstanding and inspirational contributions by an African American author and an African American illustrator. She published her memoir, My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1969. She died on January 31, 2006 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Coretta Scott King
Introductionp. 7
The Community of Manp. 15
Racismp. 27
Civil Rightsp. 35
Justice and Freedomp. 49
Faith and Religionp. 61
Nonviolencep. 69
Peacep. 81
"I've Been to the Mountain Top" Excerpt from the speech given April 3, 1968p. 93
"I Have a Dream" Excerpt from the speech given August 28, 1963p. 95
Proclamation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by the President of the United Statesp. 99
Chronologyp. 105
Sourcesp. 119