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Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation Audible – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Clarence B. Jones, attorney and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shares his memories and thoughts of that historic point in time: the March on Washington and King's `I Have a Dream' speech.

I believe many of us can articulate what transpired that day if not from memory, from history lessons and books. However, only a select few, those in King's inner circle, like Jones, can truly provide that rare glimpse into what transpired in the days leading up to, during and after the March on Washington.

In Behind the Dream we learn of the secluded haven procured for King to allow him to focus and prepare for the March, the collaborative efforts (of sorts) in creating the I Have a Dream speech, the influence of A. Philip Randolph, the last minute copyright efforts and much more.

The book's title couldn't be more apropos.
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Format: Hardcover
I was impressed with this behind-the-scenes look at MLK Jr's famous speech. It's a short-but-sweet, powerful book with some fine writing. Good buy for schools, libraries or any American history buff.
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i have a dream is the most important speech ever written by a human being, because in America it said that i will be Somebody, i am somebody and we are all somebody can i get a AMEN! the writers do a great job putting things together and it is very detail must have historical book. it is a must have and read. a great tribute.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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, personalities vying for positions of authority, and external forces arrayed against those in the movement. The book is well written and engaging.
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Format: Hardcover
This very interesting book chronicles the days and weeks leading up to the moment when Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech. Amazing that it took fifty years for the story behind the speech to get out. Both inspiring and eye opening.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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. Did you know King ad-libbed the second half and most famous part of the speech due to Mahalia Jackson's cry: "Tell them about the dream, Martin!"? The book encouraged me to immediately watch the speech again in its entirety with a fresh understanding of what went into that historic moment in time. The last 40 or so pages of the book, where Clarence Jones gives an update on race relations and issues related to the speech, is thoughtful and inspiring.
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Format: Hardcover
I just finished the book this weekend. One of the aspects I appreciated is the humbleness with which Clarence Jones describes the events and his role. Clearly, he was part of Dr. King's inner circle and a key contributor, but he does not take credit for the most moving portion of the speech. Instead, he credits Mahalia Jackson for recommending to Dr. King to "share the dream" and Dr. King's genius and unique abilities to deliver the message. Jones' humble, yet realistic approach, lends credibility to other important observations in the book.
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I went from knowing suprisingly little about the March on Washington to feeling like I was right there with a quarter million people. It is amazing to learn of the courage and sacrifices that these civil leaders embodied.
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