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A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Paperback – January 1, 2002
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to shape American thinking. Unfortunately, I can only
play the first 2 CDs on my CD player. I have a friend
who has a CD player that can play all of them. Apparently
it has something to do with the index numbering on each
CD. Instead of each CD starting at 1 it starts where the previous CD left off. I wouldn't take a chance that this
product won't play in your CD player. I think it is very
unfortunate that I paid so much for the complete set of speeches
and I can't listen to most of it.
I WOULD WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT VERSION COMES OUT THAT CORRECTS THIS
It would have been also nice to have some text to accompany the
First, the complete text of eleven of MLK's speeches is collected in one volume. Previous anthologies have offered extracts and snippets, but here we can read complete transcripts, audience participation and all:
'Well, I don't know what will happen now; we've got some difficult days ahead. (Amen) But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. (Yeah) [Applause] And I don't mind. [Applause continues]'
Second, each speech is introduced by significant contemporaries of King - Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin, the Dalai Lama (like King, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient), Edward Kennedy and others. These prefaces help to set the speeches in their historical context, and to highlight the continuing importance of King's legacy.
As I write this review I have taken a few moments to reread King's last speech, 'I've been to the mountaintop' - Thirty three years on, it still has the power to move me to tears. As Andrew Young writes:
'They killed the dreamer at thirty-nine years of age, but the dream will live on into the new millennium, when men and women must still learn to resolve their problems with the force of truth, the power of love, and faith in the Spirit to lead us all into a new promised land.'
"A Call to Conscience" highlights King at his best. His erudition and breadth of knowledge were astounding; his ability to apply the words of Jesus and Gandhi to the civil rights struggle connected abstract principles of religion and civil disobedience to real life suffering; his commitment to end segration and discrimation by non-violent means was awe-inspiring; his desire to build a loving brotherhood of all races was visionary; his willingness to suffer without bitterness at the hands of his enemies sets him high and apart from many in the human race. Each speech is introduced by someone involved with King and the struggle for equality. Speeches are often followed by gospel music sung during the movement. Taken together, these elements comprise an elegant and moving tribute to a man whose words and actions propelled America out of self-imposed hypocrisy, and toward a world in which all are measured by the content of our character, and not the color of our skins.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"One of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa N.
Great CD for teaching children of what Dr King was dealing with and how we all benefit from his struggle.Published 13 months ago by Reginald Sutton
I highly recommend this book. When you read this book you will get an idea of how intelligent Dr. King was. The speeches featured here are very eloquent and they show how much Dr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brooklyn Phantom
I just finished listening to the audiobook version of A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read morePublished 16 months ago by X. Libris
Came quickily, great protective package. Exactly what I was expecting.Published 20 months ago by Ericka
This is a great collection of readings for any conscientious reader!
And a must-have for all Martin Luther King Jr. fans!
The book and package it arrived in were both damaged through the shipping process. I was going to return the book so called Powells books. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Laura
When listening to the speeches my soul felt better knowing that Martin was speaking and trying to get us all to live right.Published on February 14, 2014 by ROD ROBERTS