“I am happy to join with you today on what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation,” spoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he began what was to become one of the most beloved speeches of all-time.”

Those words – and the moments that surround them — have been dissected and analyzed in Gary Younge‘s new book, The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream.

Younge’s latest work reflects on critical moments leading up to King’s powerful — and unexpectedly iconic – “I Have a Dream” speech on that warm day on August 28, 1963.

After spending over a year researching, Younge — a British journalist and columnist for The Guardian— retold the troubling story of a racially torn America and Dr. King’s plight to deliver justice and empower black America.

Younge provides new insight into the roles of key civil rights leaders in a captivating story that is eloquently written and punctuated with surprising detail.

More importantly, the book sheds new light on Dr. King and paints him in a way that portrays the true grit and determination that stuck with him like the many followers he inspired and led.

However, between the book’s perforated pages, Younge argues that Dr. King’s speech is widely misunderstood – and makes it his mission to accurately portray the occurrences which led to some of the most historic moments of the civil rights movement.

Younge talked to theGrio about his latest work, which is published on the heels of the 50 anniversary of Dr. King’s delivery.

Younge’s book, “The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream” is now available.

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