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

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About the Author

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester in England. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he is an editorial board member of The Nation magazine and the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media Center. He has written five books: Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives, The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King's Dream, Who Are We?: And Should it Matter in the 21st Century, Stranger in a Strange Land: Travels in the Disunited States, and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South. He has also written for The New York Review of Books, Granta, GQ, The Financial Times, and The New Statesman, and made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit. He lives in London.


"Slim but powerful.... Younge is adept at both distilling the facts and asking blunt questions." --Boston Globe

"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