WE SHALL LIVE IN PEACE: The Teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Deloris--Ed. Harrison

WE SHALL LIVE IN PEACE: The Teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Substantial and shorter excerpts from Martin Luther King's major speeches, organized into a roughly chronological, primarily thematic sequence from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Memphis assassination. Lacking the worshipful tone of the Clayton biography (1964) but nevertheless unquestionably admiring, this favors the Movement leader over the man, relegating personal details to a brief biographical summary preceding the text. The personality that emerges is one of unswerving dedication to a cause, first in his Gandhi-inspired defiance of segregation, then in his equally firm opposition to the war in Vietnam. The increasing criticism and disillusionment from the black community is not referred to although his continued faith in nonviolent rather than militant tactics is evident. King's words in any of his published works are direct enough, despite the heavy use of imagery, to be read by anyone who can read this; the selection-with-commentary has the advantage of concision but the moody illustrations are more suited to the dream tonality than to bold man-to-man confrontation.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1968
Publisher: Hawthorn