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The Other America - A Speech from The Radical King (Free)

Narrated by: Wanda Sykes
Length: 25 mins
Categories: History
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In a rousing speech on race, poverty, and economic justice - given less than a year before his assassination - Martin Luther King Jr. drives home the mission behind his Poor People's Campaign. It is a clear-eyed look at the disparity of wealth in America, what it means for people of all colors - and a message of inspiration dedicated to the power of the people.

"And I say, if we will stand and work together, we will bring into being that day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. We will bring into being that day when America will no longer be two nations but when it will be one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Wanda Sykes' powerful performance delivers King's compassion, outrage, insight, and vulnerability like few others could - and reminds us all of the relevance his words still have today.

"The Other America" is one of 23 speeches and essays from The Radical King, curated by Dr. Cornel West, including words never recorded in public - a revelation for his legacy.

The Martin Luther King Estate has allowed, for the first time, a dramatic interpretation of King's words, by some of the most charismatic and activist actors working today: LeVar Burton, Mike Colter, Colman Domingo, Danny Glover, Gabourey Sidibe, Wanda Sykes, and Michael Kenneth Williams.

"The Other America" excerpt from The Radical King is free of charge to all listeners until Monday, April 2, 2018. To preorder the full, revealing collection, visit www.audible.com/TheRadicalKing.

©2018 All material copyright Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr; all material copyright renewed Coretta Scott King and the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Introductions 2015 Cornel West (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Michael Lane
  • 09-02-2018

My first audible experience, and the best!!!

this was absolutely amazing to listen to. I highly recommend Cornel West and Wanda for what they have done here I personally have never heard the speech by King himself but having it Revisited and provide it to us in this manner was extremely refreshing. All of the issues and plights of the poor class he spoke of we still experience today. History does not repeat itself it rhymes and this speech is do relevant and inspiring!!!

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  • Mikiea
  • 03-08-2019

An unforgettable monologue oft revisited

This speech never loses potency or relevence. A soul stinging listen that I will assuredly recommend to all who admire and agree with the the efforts and stance of Dr Martin Luther, The King (Jr.)

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  • Yesenia
  • 11-02-2018

Profound

this is absolutely empowering, motivating, informative, absolute good just wish it was longer! an informative book with words like these read be an author so captivating will encourage more people to listen.

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  • Harold
  • 02-10-2018

NOT GOOD

I believe this speech was originally made in Dr. King's own voice, which is hundred times better than that of Ms Sykes. Whose brilliant idea was it to replace the master orator's voice with this ridiculously sounding lady?

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  • James Nichols
  • 06-09-2019

Good

I remain hesitant to write a review of a speech that remains above me in complexity and in deed.

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  • Arthur Ratliff
  • 20-08-2019

I liked it but didn't like the reader

In all fairness, no one can compete with Dr. King, especially Wanda Sykes. The speech is classic. The reading does not do it justice. She should stick to comedy

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  • TipTip
  • 13-08-2019

Dr. King's words are, unfortunately, relevant now

Wow! Profound words, but the spirit isn't captured in the reading. Dr. King was the ultimate writer.

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  • Kathryn Martin
  • 02-07-2019

Current political climate

The statements by Dr. King are as relevant today as they were then, be it underemployment, incarceration or racial stigma. As he speaks about the white Americans joining this cause, I can't help but reflect on the current political climate and how many white Americans echo Dr. King's sentiments, but without the same historical suppression.

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  • Miranda F
  • 12-06-2019

Absolutely Exceptional!!!

I am amazed how the words of Dr. King still ring true today. The plight for the African American has not been easy and is way far from where it needs to be. I Am not a believer in waiting on justice and letting everything works it’s way out. Everyday our brothers and sisters are being struck down by the hands of those said to protect and serve us. I wish we as a people could unite as one. Together with our mindsets aligned there would be no stopping us. There could be no one to tell us no. I’m with the movement whenever it may be but it can’t be done by a few alone. Wake up Kings and Queens. There will ALWAYS be power in numbers.

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  • Susan Stone
  • 12-06-2019

A must listen

While Dr. King gave this speech in 1968, it is still relevant today. Full of famous quotes that we have read in memes, in this recording we have the context. I think it is especially important listening for white Americans to understand what has gone on in the Black community, even in recent years. I thought about Ferguson, how Black men are presumed dangerous, and poverty. Dr. King’s words are as true and important today as they were when he first uttered them.

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  • Music Man
  • 11-10-2019

Pure Brilliance

A powerful, timeless and moving, motivational, speech from the brilliant Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-2019

King ,what can I say , wish you were here today

Sadly just as valid and relevant today as it was then nothing unfortunately has changed for the better poor still poor hard working people still killing themselves to earn minimum wages to live in rundown towns except now we have mobile phones and designer underwear made by people in countries thousands of miles away who themselves are impoverished and in many cases treated no better than slaves . Progress ?

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  • Jerry Tomlinson
  • 26-08-2018

Heroic stuff

Sadly more appropriate today than ever, in the US and now the UK too also!

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  • Arriane
  • 05-07-2018

Great book to listen! I will recommend this book.

Great book to listen! I will recommend this book. Everyone should read this. If there is no racism, this would not be born. For equality!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-06-2018

Thought provoking

The struggle for equality for people of colour in America (and around the world) is relevant for all mankind. It's good to have recorded speeches to remind us of that.

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  • ceaz
  • 04-04-2018

10/10

I wish it was longer! great short/ listen audio book! 10/10 a must listen and greatly read.