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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DELIVERED his powerful I Have a Dream speech on August 28, 1963. Fifty years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement. It continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality. This gripping book is rooted in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of and draft speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr., and Joan Baez, a singer at the march, as well as Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders. It brings to life the fascinating chronicle behind The Speech and other events surrounding the March on Washington. Younge skillfully captures the spirit of that historic day in Washington and offers a new generation of readers a critical modern analysis of why I Have a Dream remains Americas favorite speech.



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Gary Younge

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and award-winning columnist for The Guardian, based in Chicago. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written three books, Who Are We? , And Should it Matter in the 21st century, Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South. Gary has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the tea party to hip hop culture.
After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean Gary was appointed The Guardian's New York correspondent in 2003. In 2009 he won the James Cameron award for the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his coverage of the Obama campaign.
In 2011 he moved to Chicago.



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