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Martin Luther King, Jr. the essential box set : the landmark speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Publication Information:
North Kingstown, R.I. : BBC Audiobooks America, [2010], p2009.
Physical Description:
15 sound discs (16 hr., 13 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact discs.
For the first time ever, twenty-four original recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech to his stirring sermon "A Knock At Midnight, " are collected together in this treasured set. His landmark speeches that echoed around the world and the more intimate sermons from the churches where he carried out his ministry are just as moving and meaningful today as they were when the great orator first expressed them.


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This definitive box set includes all the landmark speeches of the great orator and American leader Martin Luther King Jr., from his inspirational I Have a Dream to his fiery Give Us the Ballot. Comprised of recordings previously included in A Call to Conscience and A Knock at Midnight, The Essential Box Set is a must-have for any library collection.

Author Notes

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 into a middle-class black family in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a degree from Morehouse College. While there his early concerns for social justice for African Americans were deepened by reading Henry David Thoreau's essay "Civil Disobedience." He enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary and there became acquainted with the Social Gospel movement and the works of its chief spokesman, Walter Rauschenbusch. Mohandas Gandhi's practice of nonviolent resistance (ahimsaahimsa) later became a tactic for transforming love into social change.

After seminary, he postponed his ministry vocation by first earning a doctorate at Boston University School of Theology. There he discovered the works of Reinhold Niebuhr and was especially struck by Niebuhr's insistence that the powerless must somehow gain power if they are to achieve what is theirs by right. In the Montgomery bus boycott, it was by economic clout that African Americans broke down the walls separating the races, for without African American riders, the city's transportation system nearly collapsed.

The bus boycott took place in 1954, the year King and his bride, Coretta Scott, went to Montgomery, where he had been called to serve as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Following the boycott, he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to coordinate civil rights organizations. Working through African American churches, activists led demonstrations all over the South and drew attention, through television and newspaper reports, to the fact that nonviolent demonstrations by blacks were being suppressed violently by white police and state troopers. The federal government was finally forced to intervene and pass legislation protecting the right of African Americans to vote and desegregating public accommodations. For his nonviolent activism, King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

While organizing a "poor people's campaign" to persuade Congress to take action against poverty, King accepted an invitation to visit Memphis, Tennessee, where sanitation workers were on strike. There, on April 4, 1968, he was gunned down while standing on the balcony of his hotel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

This definitive box set collects 24 speeches and sermons that previously appeared in the audio compilations A Call to Conscience (2001) and A Knock at Midnight (2005), both available from Hachette Audio on CD and as digital downloads. They not only include King's landmark "I Have a Dream" and "An American Dream" speeches but also some of his lesser-known orations. Each entry is accompanied by an introduction for context, by such luminaries as Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Rosa Parks, Billy Graham, and Sen. Edward Kennedy. Members of the King family read several of the shorter pieces. Inspirational listening providing insight into one of history's greatest orators; enthusiastically recommended for all those not already owning the Hachette recordings.-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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