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In his introduction, the one-time ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young refers to MLK as "the voice of the century," and this collection deftly pays homage to that powerful voice. Carson (a Stanford University historian) and Shepard have compiled 12 of King's greatest speeches and prefaced them with touching and inspiring introductions written and read by prominent activists, leaders and theologians, including the Dalai Lama, Sen. Edward Kennedy and others. There's a lot more here than the "I Have a Dream" masterpiece (which is beautifully introduced by Dr. Dorothy I. Height, longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women). The material ranges from King's early talks in Alabama churches to the magnificent "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, which he gave the night before his assassination. Many of the recordings have a raw quality, giving them authenticity. When King proclaims in his address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association mass meeting that democracy is "the greatest form of government on earth," the attendees' background cheers are so deafening that listeners will have to turn down the volume. The only element lacking in this noteworthy production is an adequate set of liner notes there are no dates for the material showcased, nor do the editors tell which speeches are on which CD. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
The word "landmark" may be applied not only to these speeches of King's but to this production as well. Great care has been taken in the writing and reading of introductions to each piece by some of the great names in Civil Rights history, bearing witness to King's call to conscience. Participants include Coretta Scott King, Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and Dr. Dorothy I. Height. To hear an audience swell with excitement as King slowly and confidently builds emotional tension tempered with moral reasoning and intellectual prowess is to feel the thrill of what it must have been like to be in the great man's presence. This monumental work will be an invaluable addition to all library collections. Products of their time, some of the original recordings contain flaws in audio quality, but this does not detract at all from the overwhelming power and inherent goodness of the words or the man who spoke them. Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great CD for teaching children of what Dr King was dealing with and how we all benefit from his struggle.Published 5 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 8 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 8 months ago by X. Libris
Came quickily, great protective package. Exactly what I was expecting.Published 13 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 19 months ago 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 20 months ago by ROD ROBERTS
The speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are so powerfully engaging and emotionally moving that one is compelled to recognize that this man is the greatest orator to emerge from... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Raymond Owes