The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. Fifty years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement. It continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality.
The Speech is rooted in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of and draft speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr., and Joan Baez, a singer at the march, as well as Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders. It brings to life the fascinating chronicle behind “The Speech” and other events surrounding the March on Washington. Younge skillfully captures the spirit of that historic day in Washington and offers a new generation of readers a critical modern analysis of why “I Have a Dream” remains America’s favorite speech. [Publisher’s description.]
Credit: By Gary Younge. Published by Haymarket Books, February 2015.
Type: Book – Non Fiction
Grade Level: Adult
Time Period: 1950 -1974