Behind The Dream The Making of the Speech That Transformed a Nation (Hardcover)
|Author: Clarence B./ Connelly Jones|
"I have a dream." When those words were spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, the crowd stood, electrified, as Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the plight of African Americans to the public consciousness and firmly established himself as one of the greatest orators of all time. "Behind the Dream "is a thrilling, behind-the-scenes account of the weeks leading up to the great event, as told by Clarence Jones, co-writer of the speech and close confidant to King. Jones was there, on the road, collaborating with the great minds of the time, and hammering out the ideas and the speech that would shape the civil rights movement and inspire Americans for years to come.
From the Publisher:
A speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., offers an insider's account of the creation of King's "I Have a Dream Speech," a key turning point of the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech is considered by many to be perhaps the most important moment of public speaking in 20th-century American history.|Yet its historic importance sometimes overshadows its subtle precision and craft. With BEHIND THE DREAM, speech co-writer and King colleague Clarence B. Jones (with Stuart Connelly) tells the story behind its writing in the days and weeks leading up to the historic March on Washington. Jones explains just how painstaking its creation was, and how King brilliantly transformed it into something natural, beautiful, and ultimately revolutionary.