- Paperback: 209 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press (1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807005711
- ISBN-13: 978-0807005712
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
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Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? Paperback – 1968
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Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the greatest organic intellectuals in American history. His unique ability to connect the life of the mind to the struggle for freedom is legendary, and in this book-his last grand expression of his vision-he put forward his most prophetic challenge to powers that be and his most progressive program for the wretched of the earth.—Cornel West, professor of religion and African American studies, Princeton University, and author of Race Matters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century’s most influential figures. One of the greatest orators in US history, King also authored several books, including Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, and Why We Can’t Wait. His speeches, sermons, and writings are inspirational and timeless. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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King's last book was his most significant. He declares equality for African Americans was impossible without meaningful creation of jobs, quality education, and a radical change of the forms and vigorous confrontation with and the elimination over time of American racism. King asserts that capitalism itself would have be hugely revamped so it is more inclusive, and, lastly, American militarism is not only brutal to American youth, but has slaughtered millions of human beings in Asia, and now elsewhere, while reroutes billions of dollars from essential programs that could battle U.S. poverty. Poverty is an American way of life, including not only African Americans, but other minorities, workers, and southerners.
Sooner or later, Kings, writes, American must realize that there is something terribly wrong with our economic system which permits millions of poor to exist in a land brimming with wealth.
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But the other part of the book is Dr. King's rallying cry of "Where do we go from here?" There are so many thoughts I could lift from the book to share. But given the space, here are just a few:
"Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools." Dr. King goes on to add, "The question now is, do we have the morality and courage required to live together as brothers and not be afraid?"
Dr. King was clearly seeing our drift towards chaos, and just as clearly was warning us that we must move towards community or perish. This is an even more urgent book today as it was in the 1960's. It is a book not only to read but refer back to, over an over. My sermon yesterday was on our propensity to divide ourselves into "us" and "them." Dr. King was a great believer in "us" - and far more eloquent than I can ever hope to be on the subject. Dr. King's point was that if we cannot find our common humanity, we must and will perish. In the end, there is no "them." There is only "us."