The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream, by Gary Younge

The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream, by Gary Younge

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In The Speech, Gary Younge explains why Martin Luther King Jr.'s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech maintains its powerful social relevance by sharing the dramatic story surrounding it.

Fifty years later, The Speech endures as a defining moment in the Civil Rights movement and a guiding light in the ongoing struggle for racial equality.

Younge roots his work in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and his draft speechwriter; with Joan Baez, a singer at the march; and with Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders.

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 favourite speech.

“[In] this slim but powerful book . . . Younge is adept at both distilling the facts and asking blunt questions.” - Boston Globe