A Changed View Of, ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

Following the previous post the one book I have read by Martin Luther King, A Strength To Love, is moving and powerful. Just read the reviews on Amazon.  Edward Gilbreath writes, or should I say, rewrites with a changed perspective on King’s famous, ‘I Have A Dream’ speech:

“More than any other writing or speech by King, “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” captures the spiritual and social essence of the man and his mission. In it one can observe all the religious, philosophical, and political ideas and principles that shaped his Christian vision for justice and nonviolence. It’s the one work from King that best represents his message in its entirety,” says Edward Gilbreath.

“The best preachers are not only able to diagnose our moral ills but to prescribe a compelling remedy for our healing. Part of the genius of Martin Luther King Jr. was his ability to interpret America’s racial crisis and provide a nation with vivid illustrations of what racial injustice and man’s inhumanity to man looked like. But he didn’t stop there. He also worked to supply a hopeful picture of where we could go, a sort of travel brochure for what he called “the beloved community”—an integrated America that values justice, peace, and reconciliation.

“I Have a Dream” demonstrated not only King’s remarkable way with words (he was, after all, a Baptist preacher) but also a grand imagination empowered by the Christian gospel that could see things others were yet to grasp. King helped America see people of colour, working-class individuals, and those stuck in poverty as flesh-and-blood human beings,” Gilbreath hopes that ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ may still challenge the polarised America of today with the message and hopes of Dr. Martin Luther King, of “an integrated America that values justice, peace and reconciliation.” Read Gilbreath’s article here.

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