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Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have A Dream" Books

posted Jan 17, 2012, 3:56 PM by Debra Chiappetta   [ updated Jan 18, 2012, 1:02 PM ]

Martin Luther King Jr. gave many speeches and sermons in his lifetime.  His "I Have A Dream" speech is one that we learn about in school - and is his most famous speech.  Have you ever read the speech or wondered what it means?  In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream Speech In Translation: What It Really Means. by Leslie J. Holland you will learn about United States history and the times Martin Luther King Jr. lived in.  His speech is explained in everyday words so that we can better understand Dr. King's message.  This book is filled with pictures that help make history come alive.  There are many words that are explained to help us understand things like: civil rights, oppression, segregation, discrimination, and nullification.  This book includes a list of the "Top Five Reasons to Care About the I Have a Dream Speech"  If you like to learn about history & Martin Luther King Jr. - I think you will enjoy this book.

In I Have a Dream: The Story Behind Martin Luther King Jr's Most Famous Speech. by Kerry A. Graves, you will learn even more about Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement.  This book gives you a brief biography of Martin Luther King Jr. along with many historical photographs.  Topics in this books include: Jim Crow Laws, The Civil Rights Movement, Nonviolent Protest Methods, The March on Washington, and, After the Speech.  One of the things that I found most interesting was that King began writing his speech just four days before the March on Washington.  The speech was typed at 4 a.m. on August 28th by a typist - but King added notes to this copy that same day.  The book has a photo of a draft page of the speech - written by King.  We learn that instead of just reading the speech as written, King began to speak about what he was feeling in that moment.  The words "I have a dream" had been in other speeches King had made.  Once the crowd of a quarter of a million people began to respond in such a positive way he began to use these words to bring home his message.  This book also has a time line, glossary, and a list of more books and internet sites for you to explore.

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