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The Resource Behind the dream : the making of the speech that transformed a nation, Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly

Behind the dream : the making of the speech that transformed a nation, Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly

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Behind the dream : the making of the speech that transformed a nation
Title
Behind the dream
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the making of the speech that transformed a nation
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Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly
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eng
Summary
"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
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Review
  • On August 28, 1963, King delivered his "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Jones co-wrote it with King and now tells the behind-the-scenes story of the weeks of 1963 leading up to that watershed event. --Margaret Heilbrun (Reviewed November 1, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 18, p74)
  • /* Starred Review */ With the assistance of filmmaker and Huffington Post contributor Connelly, Jones, who was present at the creation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, revisits the forces that generated the 1963 March on Washington and that animated the speech that now represents an entire era. The author, a former attorney for King, does not offer a detailed account of how King and his advisors crafted the speech; for that, see Drew Hansen's The Dream (2003) or Eric J. Sundquist's King's Dream (2009). In fact, writes Jones, he did not even see a final copy before he heard it, but he was pleased that King kept his suggestion for the initial image of the promissory note. However, the author provides numerous intriguing insider insights about life on the road with King—notably, the amusing moment when Jones, frustrated with the egos of some of the other speakers elbowing for position in the event's final, prime slot, asked if any of them really wanted to follow King to the podium; none did. Jones also confirms a couple of stories: that the Justice Department did indeed have a "kill switch" on the sound system, and that gospel singer Mahalia Jackson urged King during the speech to talk about his dream, at which point King turned his prepared remarks face down and continued somewhat extemporaneously. Jones explains how and why he, at the last minute, copyrighted the speech, and he pays homage to Nelson Rockefeller and Sen. Ted Kennedy—though he is less generous to JFK and RFK. He describes severe worries and frustration, given that the daunting logistics of the March, and ends with some reflections on America's enduring racism, the contentious issue of reparations and the uneven presidency of Barack Obama. Essential reading about a moment of surpassing political and moral importance.(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2010)
Biography type
contains biographical information
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380878
Cataloging source
DLC
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1931-
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Jones, Clarence B
Dewey number
323.0973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • facsimiles
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Connelly, Stuart
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True
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  • King, Martin Luther
  • King, Martin Luther
  • March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American
  • Civil rights movements
  • African Americans
Target audience
general
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the making of the speech that transformed a nation
Label
Behind the dream : the making of the speech that transformed a nation, Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: souls beyond measure -- History in the making -- Tuesday -- Wednesday -- A strike of lightning, then fifty years of rolling thunder -- In the present, tense -- Epilogue: dream on, march on
Control code
000045621489
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xx, 204 p.
Isbn
9780230103689
Lccn
2010021207
Other physical details
facsims, ill., ports
System control number
(OCoLC)631748997
Label
Behind the dream : the making of the speech that transformed a nation, Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: souls beyond measure -- History in the making -- Tuesday -- Wednesday -- A strike of lightning, then fifty years of rolling thunder -- In the present, tense -- Epilogue: dream on, march on
Control code
000045621489
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xx, 204 p.
Isbn
9780230103689
Lccn
2010021207
Other physical details
facsims, ill., ports
System control number
(OCoLC)631748997

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