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Giveaway: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Ends Jan 17th

Happpy Martin Luther King, JR. Day! Review

Celebrated Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson is the director and editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project; with thousands of King’s essays, notes, letters, speeches, and sermons at his disposal, Carson has organized King’s writings into a posthumous autobiography. In an early student essay, King prophetically penned: “We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance…. We cannot have a nation orderly and sound with one group so ground down and thwarted that it is almost forced into unsocial attitudes and crime.” Such statements, made throughout King’s career, are skillfully woven together into a coherent narrative of the quest for social justice.
The autobiography delves, for example, into the philosophical training King received at Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University, where he consolidated the teachings of Afro-American theologian Benjamin Mays with the philosophies of Locke, Rousseau, Gandhi, and Thoreau. Through King’s voice, the reader intimately shares in his trials and triumphs, including the Montgomery Boycott, the 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech,” the Selma March, and the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. In one of his last speeches, King reminded his audience that “in the final analysis, God does not judge us by the separate incidents or the separate mistakes that we make, but by the total bent of our lives.” Carson’s skillful editing has created an original argument in King’s favor that draws directly from the source, illuminating the circumstances of King’s life without deifying his person. –Eugene Holley Jr. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
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 incomplete study of King’s life by supplementing his extant autobiographies (e.g., Stride Toward Freedom and Where Do We Go from Here) with previously unpublished and published writings, interviews and speeches. If King’s rhetorical flourishes and use of the word “negro” sometimes seem outdated, the compilation still offers a concise first-person account of his life from his birth in Atlanta in 1929 to his awakening social consciousness and discovery of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. History propelled King to center stage in the struggle for black liberation.
When Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat in 1955, the “once dormant and quiescent Negro community was now fully awake” and King, along with many others in Montgomery’s black community, organized the bus boycott that would launch King into his leadership role in the civil rights movement. The book offers glimpses of King’s family life as well a view of famous Americans such as Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X and JFK. (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 courage that sustained King and allowed him to inspire a largely peaceful mass movement against segregation in the face of bloody reprisals.

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  1. thanks for the giveaway

    Comment by cheryl Stillwell | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  2. He was a fascinating man; he accomplished so much in his life.

    Comment by lisa | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  3. This sounds like an amazing read. A very powerful, moving book I am sure! I would love to read through his essays and speeches. Thank you so much!

    Comment by Miranda Sherman | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  4. I would love to read this, to see what such a fascinating and inspiring man said about himself.

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    Comment by domestic diva | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  5. Love to win…sounds like a very educational book about one of our true leaders……………………………………

    Comment by Linda McFarland | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  6. I was a small child when Dr. King died, so I did not experience the man – except through studies. I always felt that I was born too late and would have loved to have seen him in person. The quote from the above review reminds me how much I missed : “in the final analysis, God does not judge us by the separate incidents or the separate mistakes that we make, but by the total bent of our lives.” This posthumous autobiography looks like an amazing book. Sadly, Dr. King wasn’t really considered very important to study (in school) while I was growing up, but as the winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, he should have been!

    Thank you for this amazing chance to actually get to “know” this amazing man.

    Comment by Theresa D | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  7. I have several biographies about King in my elementary school library, but do not have an autobiography. I think this would be wonderful for the students (and me) to read.

    Comment by Cathe Olson | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  8. What a great giveaway. My oldest would love this book, he is a history buff.

    Comment by Larissa Brunken | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  9. I went on a civil rights pilgrimage are few years ago when I was a freshman in college. I got to go to so many of the places where Dr. King was – including the place where he was shot. Ever since then I’ve been trying to read more about the whole movement and this book would be a great compliment.

    Comment by Melissa | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  10. Wow The review is amazing for this book. This book would be a blessing to win. ALL books won are donated to the Franklin High school library and they could really use this book. I just want to say win or not. I think you do a great job with your blog and have a lot of good giveaways. I know you are like my blog fighting illiteracy.THanks for all you do.
    Heres hope Random stops at number 10. I am a follower and an email subscriber.

    Comment by Lora1967 | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  11. I have a woven blanket
    to cover me in the night,
    it gives me comfort always
    to know of justice and right.
    Martin Luther king Jr. and his soulmates
    throughout the troubled times
    Wove their ideas together
    to enrich our hearts and minds.

    Comment by Elsie | January 16, 2012 | Reply

    • Great!

      Comment by mymcbooks | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  12. MLK was highly prnicipled, and had a worldly vision. I think he would be pleased to see the changes in society today.


    Comment by Benita | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  13. The review makes it sounds interesting! I like that it doesn’t seem to just deal with the times we know most about him and instead focuses on his time before the Civil Rights movement really got started. I would love to read this book! I’ve only learned as much as I learned in school and the occasional bio on television so I would definitely like to learn more about him.

    Comment by Kara D | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  14. I normally don’t read nonfiction, but this is a book that I would love to read because I’m sure that it’ll affect me in a way no other book has. Dr. King was an amazing man.

    Comment by AEKZ2 | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  15. I know the basic facts about him but I would really enjoy getting to know more about his life.

    Comment by Brittany Boardley Renaldi | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  16. This is a very interesting review and I would like to read the book to learn more about how the philosophies he learned when he was younger were incorporated into his later speeches.

    Comment by bn100 | January 16, 2012 | Reply

  17. This autobiography sounds very thorough and well-researched. I look forward to checking it out.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | January 17, 2012 | Reply

  18. I would love the opportunity to share it with my daughter then to pass it on to others. What a great reminder of Dr. King’s role in our lives today.

    Comment by stuffsmart | January 17, 2012 | Reply

  19. Martin Luther King Jr was a very enspiring man. He has helped this country put aside their differences and for my race to grow and thrive throughout the years. He has been the back bone of many movements and met many great people such as Rosa Parks and Malcolm X (Haj Malic Shabbas). I would be most honored to get a chance to win and recive a book about Martin who has been a large part of my people’s history.

    Comment by Zanza | January 17, 2012 | Reply

  20. Im anxious about seeing if we won this book have you announced the winner yet?
    We would love this book for our highschool library

    Comment by Lora1967 | January 17, 2012 | Reply

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