"We've got some difficult days ahead," civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., told a crowd gathered at Memphis's Clayborn Temple on April 3, 1968.
"But it really doesn't matter to me now because I've been to the mountaintop... And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land."
These prophetic words, uttered the day before his assassination, challenged those he left behind to see that his "promised land" of racial equality became a reality; a reality to which King devoted the last twelve years of his life.
Kings own words are commemorated here in the only major one-volume collection of this seminal twentieth-century American prophet's writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections. A Testament of Hope contains Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and more.
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther King (Author), James M. Washington (Editor)
Softcover: 736 pages
ISBN: 9780060646912, 0060646918
The volume and quality of this intellectual work is breathtaking . . . His writings reveal an intellectual struggle and growth as fierce and alive as any chronicle of his political life could possibly be. - The Washington Post
This is a "must have" indispensable resource: a powerful, moving collection of Martin Luther King's writings, speeches, interviews, excerpts from five of his books and more.
Reveals the breadth and depth of [King's] philosophical thinking, his tough-mindedness, and the sophistication and forensic skill that he could bring to argument. - The New Yorker
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), civil rights leader, advocate of worldwide social justice, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, inspired and sustained the struggle for freedom, nonviolence, and interracial unity. His words and deeds continue to shape the lives and destinies of millions.
The most powerful and enduring words of the man who touched the conscience of the nation and the world. - Kansas City Star
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