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“A revealing insider's account of how King improvised parts of his 'I Have a Dream' speech at 1963's March on Washington.” ―USA TODAY
“Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the course of American history by challenging – and inspiring – the country to confront injustice and live up to our founding ideals. The words he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 will forever be immortalized for their beauty and power, and they will forever echo in the soul of American life. Jones and Connelly capture the fascinating story behind this historic moment, shedding new light on a speech that ushered in a new dawn for the nation.” ―Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“The author provides numerous intriguing insider insights about life on the road with King. . . . Essential reading about a moment of surpassing political and moral importance.” ―Kirkus [starred review]
“The words of Dr. King live on as a gift to our country. As someone who stood beside him during those years, Clarence B Jones puts them in context and brings the stories around them to life. He and Stuart Connelly take us inside the greatest moments of the American civil rights movement and behind the scenes of a speech that awakened our collective conscience” ―Soledad O'Brien
“America would be a very different place if it weren't for the hard work of men like Clarence Jones. Different -- and vastly less just. Behind the Dream takes us behind the scenes of Dr. King's historic ‘I Have a Dream' speech, which Jones helped write. It's a story that is as remarkable as it is inspiring.” ―Arianna Huffington
“The words 'I Have a Dream' are as applicable today as they were all those years ago. Behind The Dream provides a beautiful glimpse at the origins of an enduring work. Clarence B. Jones illuminates the history in a way no one else could. To learn the story of the speech's creation from the man who was there is to appreciate Martin's genius all the more.” ―Betty Williams,Nobel Peace Laureate, President and Founder, World Centers of Compassion for Children International.
“What elevates this book above most scholarly tomes is its rare and invaluable insider's insight into not only the happenings of the day but also the people involved.” ―Irish Examiner
“The book is wonderful, and rewarding for students of public speaking as well as of the civil rights era. Jones is particularly skilled at giving us the contingent nature of events as the happen, and that is a great gift to anyone who wants to understand where we've really come from. Highly recommended.” ―Nick Morgan, Forbes.com
Excellent historical document... Purchased two additional copies for my son and daughter as a reminder that If we don't learn from our past , we are doomed to repeat it.Published 8 months ago by anthony Taylor
Absolutely a must read. Written in a clear and understated style that powerfully allows the story to tell itself. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard F. Callahan
Very interesting; good review of what happened behind the scene.Published 15 months ago by Sharrilyn
Dr. Clarence B. Jones was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's lawyer. Shame on him for profiting by telling his secrets.Published 19 months ago by KC
Loved the detailed historical narrative and message of hope. Recommended for history lovers and social justice advocates. Nice nice fighter!Published 19 months ago by Glenn Robinson
This book is an interesting look behind the scenes. It is good to be reminded that even within a movement for social justice, there are forces negotiating on tactics and ideology,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by wof
As an older black American, it gave me pause for the March on Washington, which I attended. Also, I want to share all with my 10 grand children.Published 24 months ago by CATHERINE l. WATERS
Fascinating behind the scenes look at not only the preparations required for this historic event and famous speech but also the many challenges the organizers faced. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Brian Mchenry