“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” – Martin Luther King
Under the shadow of the man who had abolished slavery one hundred years ago, Martin Luther King delivered his powerful ‘I Have a Dream’ speech to over 250,000 civil rights on 28th August 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It is perhaps the most well-known oratory given in living-memory, and the defining moment of the tireless struggle of African-Americans and their allies toward political, social, and economic equality for all in the United States. King’s vision, of a world in which his children would not be “judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”, is a beautiful and inspiring one, and – whilst we might not be quite there yet – we’re certainly a lot closer than we would be without him.
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this coming Monday, UPSO have made the below chapters on Martin Luther King available for one month:
- "They are Willing to Walk" in Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader by Troy Jackson and Clayborne Carson
- 'Unrestricted Freedom' in The Voice of Conscience: The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Lewis Baldwin
- 'Martin Luther King Jr: Seeing Lazarus, 1967-1968' in Toward Freedom Land: The Long Struggle for Racial Equality in America by Harvard Sitkoff
- 'King as Critical Thinker' in Martin Luther King Jr, and the Image of God by Richard W. Wills
- 'Challenging Jim Crow: King's Approach to Racial Discrimination' in Confluence of Thought: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bidyut Chakrabarty and Clayborne Carson
- 'Introduction' in After the Dream: Black and White Southerners Since 1965 by Timothy Minchin and John Salmond
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