“It was a sweltering eighty-seven degrees when Martin Luther King Jr. took the stage at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. He was the ﬁnalspeaker aer a long day. e crowd, which numbered in the tens of thousands, had begun to leave. King took a deep breath and threw back his shoulders. ‘I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the diﬃculties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.’”
From the Introduction
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his powerful “I Have a DreamSpeech” on August 28, 1963. Fiy years later, the speech enduresas a deﬁning moment in the civil rights movement. It continuesto be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equal-ity. is gripping book unearths the fascinating chronicle behind“e Speech” and the revealing events surrounding the March on Washington.
Younge explains why “The Speech” maintains its powerful social relevanceby sharing the dramatic story surrounding it.
Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the
. His books include
Who AreWe—and Should It Matter in the Twenty-First Century?
No Place Like Home
, short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award.
The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States
“Abroad in America, Gary Younge is an acutely skeptical observer.”
“Gary Younge is an excellent journalist—a critical writer at a critical time.”
“One of the tiny handful of contemporary journalists le who is consistently worthreading. A voice for our times.”
Stuart HallPraise for
No Place Like Home: A Black Briton
s Journey Through the American South:
“Younge’s book is a blend of travelogue, historical research, and social commentary leavened with the sharp eyes and tongue of an outsider examining the Americanracial milieu.”
Who Are We
and Should It Matter in the Twenty-First Century?
“Penetrating and provocative.”
ISBN: 978-1-60846-322-0Trade Cloth, $18.95, 180 pagesAugust 2013Ebook ISBN: 978-1-60846-356-5 $18.95