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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Unabridged Edition
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9 Hrs.
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He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the twentieth century's most influential men and lived one of its most extraordinary lives. Now, in a special program commissioned and authorized by his family, here is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. drawn from a comprehensive collection of writings, recordings, and documentary materials, many of which have never before been made public.

This history-making autobiography is Martin Luther King in his own words as read by others and in his own words and voice: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who chafed under and eventually rebelled against segregation; the dedicated young minister who continually questioned the depths of his faith and the limits of his wisdom; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family's needs with those of a growing, nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fired by a vision of equality for people everywhere.

In original recordings of his own vivid, compassionate voice, here at last is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unforgettable chronicle of his life and his legacy. Years in the making, and woven together from thousands of recordings and documents, including letters to his family and diary entries, this program is a unique compilation which includes many rare recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering sermons, speeches, lectures, and addresses. Highlights include "I Have a Dream," "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and "The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech."

Edited by Clayborne Carson

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Reviewer LOLDavid
 February 17, 2006
While Martin Luther King, Jr. never lived to write his own autobiography, King scholar Clayborne Carson compiled this narrative out of King’s many writings and it is a very well crafted autobiography narrated in first person. After listening to King’s sermons in “A Knock at Midnight” and King’s speeches in “A Call to Conscience” this autobiography perfectly connected the dots in relation to those recordings. And also interspersed throughout this autobiography are the actual recordings of King. This audio book really displays how well rounded and thoughtful Martin Luther King was, as he expresses his beliefs regarding economics, philosophy, religion, politics, race relations, labor issues, nonviolent protest, the Vietnam War, Ghandi, Malcolm X, and all his other convictions which he played such an active role in fighting for. Levar Burton’s narration is a little to congenial for the voice of Martin Luther King and the ending of this autobiography is a haphazard montage of various King speeches, without mentioning his assassination or his legacy. Nevertheless King’s life and message come through very strong in this excellent autobiography.

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  • Published: 1998
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T001659
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