- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (April 29, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060646918
- ISBN-13: 978-0060646912
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Paperback – April 29, 2003
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Eerily, the words that King spoke 50 years ago still ring true today and are as easily applicable now as they were then. Essentially, a person reading A Testament of Hope is learning both about history and how to constructively navigate the ills that plague modern society. So whether you are a community activist, a church leader, an advocate for social change or a political reformer, you will find tremendous value in this book.
Readers should be aware of the amazing value that this book delivers. “Part I: Philosophy” is a collection of essays that Dr. King wrote which highlight the guiding principles that supported his core ethos of non-violent resistance. It includes essays and speeches on the common humanity of man, non-violence, social integration and political movements. Part II includes famous sermons and speeches including, “I Have a Dream.” Part III includes historic essays including, “Letter from Birmingham City Jail.” Part V includes five full-length books from Dr. King including Stride Toward Freedom and Why We Can’t Wait. The fact that the reader gets all of that for less than $20 (April 2017) is mind-boggling. In my opinion, if this collection were priced at $100 it would still be a bargain.
A Testament for Hope gave me a new breadth of imagination for the present and a new hope for the future. A must-read for anyone who believes there is a better way and that way is worth fighting for.
I am 100 pages into this 700 page time bible of personal and social action in the face of any zealous forces. I am more deeply grasping how to respond to multinationals and their bought out governmental puppets on the world, national, state and local levels. I need to transform my hatred of their actions to increasing purposeful behavior. I'd rather be a disciple of King Jr. and Gandhi than armed militancy.