The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream (Updated Paperback Edition) (Revised)

Gary Younge (Author)


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

"Unequivocal."--Financial Times

"Gary Younge's meditative retrospection on [the speech's] significance reminds us of all the micro-moments of transformation behind the scenes--the thought and preparation, vision and revision--whose currency fed that magnificent lightning bolt in history."--Patricia J. Williams

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 favorite speech.

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the Guardian, based in Chicago, Illinois. He also writes a monthly column for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute.

Product Details

$14.95  $13.75
Haymarket Books
Publish Date
February 17, 2015
5.2 X 0.4 X 7.4 inches | 0.48 pounds

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About the Author

Gary Younge: Gary Younge, the Alfred Knobler Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the Chicago correspondent for the Guardian and the author of No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South (Mississippi) and Stranger in a Strange Land: Travels in the Disunited States (New Press).