A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin by Clayborne Carson

By Clayborne Carson

This spouse quantity to "A Knock in the dark: thought from the good Sermons of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr". contains the textual content of his such a lot recognized oration, "I Have a Dream", his recognition speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, and "Beyond Vietnam", a strong plea to finish the continuing clash. comprises contributions from Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin, the Dalai Lama, etc.

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If you didn’t confront that you’d never get out. You must remember that the tension-less period that we like to think of was the period when the Negro was complacently adjusted to segregation, discrimination, insult, and exploitation. And the period of tension is the period when the Negro has decided to rise up and break aloose from that. And this is the peace that we are seeking: not an old negative obnoxious peace which is merely the absence of tension, but a positive, lasting peace, which is the presence of brotherhood and justice.

This is the thing I’m concerned about. Let us fight passionately and unrelentingly for the goals of justice and peace. But let’s be sure that our hands are clean in this struggle. Let us never fight with falsehood and violence and hate and malice, but always fight with love, so that, when the day comes that the walls of segregation have completely crumbled in Montgomery, that we will be able to live with people as their brothers and sisters. Oh, my friends, our aim must be not to defeat Mr. Engelhardt, not to defeat Mr.

The excitement around the church was electrifying, and I remember having a sense that something powerful was being born. I squeezed my way through the crowd to my seat on the platform, where a lively discussion about the boycott strategy was underway. Then Dr. King was introduced to the audience and began to speak in the rich, poised baritone and learned eloquence that distinguished even this debut speech of his career as a civil rights leader. Later Dr. ” He spent five minutes of his time worrying about it, and then wisely prayed to God for guidance.

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