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

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First-person account of the extraordinary life of America's greatest civil rights leader. It begins with his boyhood as the son of a preacher, his education as a minister, his ascendancy as a leader of civil rights, & his complex relationships with leading political & social figures of the day.
 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was a famous leader of the American civil rights movement, a political activist, and a Baptist minister. In 1964, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1977, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter. In 1986, Martin Luther King Day was established as a United States holiday. Dr. King often called for personal responsibility in fostering world peace.King's most influential and well-known public address is the "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Clayborne Carson lives in Palo Alto, California.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Grand Central Publishing. 401 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project and author of A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., has pieced together an incomple

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(In 1960, King did not feel ""there was much difference between Kennedy and Nixon."" He writes, ""I felt at points that he was so concerned about being President of the United States that he would compromise basic principles."") But what is most evident throughout Carson's study is the moral cour...

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With the blessing of the slain civil rights leader's family, Carson assembles a fascinating portrait of King as spokesman, husband, and father in this excellent introduction to one of the most significant figures of the 20th century.

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tells the story of King through original voice recordings, intermingled with readings by LeVar Burton of numerous source documents related to King that range from letters and family documents to diary entries and recordings of people who reference King.

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