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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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Brilliant!

At any point in history, this speech is inspirational and on point. A must listen.

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Is it really Nostalgia?

USA had one Black President and now a Black Vice President elect. However all the issues raised by Dr King are still relevant. Brilliant speech and reminder that Non-Violence and mass Organisation is still the way forward

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An absolute must listen

An amazing piece that is well performed. Certainly food for thought, even now. I recommend this audio book wholeheartedly.

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Highly Recommend

So relevant for our movements for equality today. We won't be able to tackle social inequality without challenging the vast wealth inequality.

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Excellent

One of the greatest speeches I’ve ever listened to. A must listen. MLK was a genius and a true prophet of God.

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Sadly still relevant

The only thing I kept thinking while listening to this, was how, with the exception of the part about Vietnam, this speech could have been delivered today.

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Still relevant today

Hard to believe thus was first delivered in 1969. Maybe now things will change.

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Exactly the way to go

I read with an open heart and can't help but fall in line with the facts the Radical King put through to man on the plane who comes from a country in Europe.

It is also very important to note that this speech explicitly exposes how Leaders of the most populous black Nation 'NIGERIA' are guilty of the same crime.

THE OTHER NIGERIA........

GREAT SPEECH I RECOMMEND FOR EVERYONE TO LISTEN.

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Inspirational

The radical King 👑 shared his insights on the injustice meted out on black men. But he was not selfish as to limit the fight for justice to only the black race by talking about all men of colour and white men. Listening to Bonnie Gray's podcast on black history was an eye opener and helped me understand and relate to this speech better as a young black man.

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Great speeches in history

It’s a great book to listen to when you want to reacquaint you’re self with some of the civil rights movements greatest speakers

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  • Mikiea
  • 03-08-19

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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  • Michael Lane
  • 09-02-18

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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  • Susan
  • 12-06-19

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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  • Dora Judith Estrada
  • 03-06-20

Dishonest Revisionist History at it's WORST!

The introduction of the great man’s speeches was at best, frustrating, and worst that there was an intentional posthumous distortion of his character, actions, and philosophy, using celebrity voices to advance a distorted agenda. Avoid this list and only read their own speeches and writings on their own. These are physical alone, and do not require this dishonest and reprehensible identity to be enjoyed. Audible, please remove this title from your proposal !!

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  • Yesenia
  • 11-02-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-20

Gives You The Chills

This speech is just as relevant now as it was 53 years ago. MLK’s words rang very clear and concise in this speech through Wanda Sykes. It’s inspiring to the very core of anyone who truly believes in the fundamentals of real American values - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; as well as freedom, equality, justice, opportunity, and the ongoing fight for humanity in this country. He speaks from the heart and of real human experience in the USA, and there is no mistake in the truths presented.

Caution: Will make you deeply uncomfortable and/or compel you to gravitate toward unfounded conspiracies, willful ignorance, outright hatred (or a combination of these) — if you are racist.

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  • Jessica Hodge
  • 16-07-20

Wanda Sykes ruined it for me

Maybe it was her Prose, but I couldn't really hear the message, because she wasn't a good narrator of the piece.

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  • SarAurora
  • 18-06-20

uhg I don't know why I listen to the whole thing

This women's tunnel vision perspective, weak advise paired with high charisma is a disservice to women.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-18

only white people are prejudice.

it is my right to use government violence against white people through socialism to gain resources. because using force is slavery and white people abolished slavery for the world and that's racist. lol what I just said was irrational but it had a lot of feeling.

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  • Ijeoma
  • 01-02-18

An Amazing Speech by MLK

I have enjoyed listening to this speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. It’s informative, amazing, and inspirational. I highly recommend it to all.

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