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am 12. November 2004
Für meine Matura (mein Abitur) in Englisch habe ich mich auf Martin Luther King spezialisiert. Im Zuge dessen habe ich natürlich auch die Autobiografie gelesen.
Erst mal sollte man wissen, dass dies keine wirkliche Autobiografie ist. Martin Luther King hat eine solche nie verfasst, plante dies jedoch und schrieb daher immer Notizen. Clayborne Carson hat all diese Notizen zusammengetragen und diese "Autobiografie" verfasst.
Sehr detalliert erzählt der Menschenrechtskämpfer Martin Luther King seine Geschichte und den Kampf für die Freiheit der Schwarzen in Amerika. Während des Lebens bekommt man einen guten Einblick in die Denkweise Kings, seinen Lebensstil und seine Persönlichkeit. Inhaltlich ist dieses Buch also absolut spitze.
Ich lerne nun schon seit 8 Jahren Englisch, lese auch regelmäßig englische Bücher, tat mir beim Lesen aber teilweise recht schwer.
Ich interessiere mich für das Leben und die Arbeit Kings, doch sind sich die "Kämpfe" in den verschiedenen amerikanischen Städten doch sehr ähnlich, und so kommt von Zeit zu Zeit ein wenig Langweile auf.
Im großen und ganzen ist dieses Buch aber absolut empfehlenswert und ein sehr wertvolles Dokument unserer Zeit. Auch verspürt man nach dem Lesen vielleicht Genuss eines der 4 Bücher die Martin Luther King selbst geschrieben hat (Stride Towards Freedom", Strength To Love", "Why We Can't Wait","Where Do We Go From Here?"), zu lesen.
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am 24. Februar 2006
Martin Luther King, Jr., is without a doubt one of the most influential and pivotal figures in twentieth-century history. In addition to his work as a Civil Rights leader, his role as a father and pastor, he also was an extensively published writer. However, he never had the chance to write an autobiography in the traditional sense. We as readers in the present day and the future have lost the private details that might have been fleshed out in a proper autobiography, but this skillfully crafted work by Clayborne Carson has given us a religious and political autobiography, revealed in King's almost countless papers (published and unpublished), interviews, letters, sermons and public statements.
Carson, author and editor of many books relating to the Civil Rights struggle, edited a collection of King's speeches entitled 'A Knock at Midnight', and was selected by the King estate to put together this in conjunction with (according to Carson) dozens of staff and student workers forming part of the King Papers Project. Carson used particular methodology consistently in his reconstruction - that of relying primarily on the words of King himself (utilising early drafts of later writings to discern the difference between authorial and editorial intentions) and developing them as if this overall narrative account was constructed near the end of King's life.
King's autobiography begins at the beginning, with is childhood as a preacher's kid (who was himself a preacher's kid, who was himself a preacher's kid, etc.). King said, 'of course I was religious.... I didn't have much choice.' King explains the different strands in his life, that of being both militant and moderate, idealistic and realistic, as beginning here. Here he developed questions ('how could I love a race of people who hated me?') and some answers (he learned that racial injustice was paralleled by economic injustice, and realised that poor white people were exploited also).
King's call to ministry and call to ethical and prophetic witness in the world developed through his schooling at Morehouse College, Crozer Seminary, and Boston University, where he developed interest in theology and social philosophy that would lead him to eventually to his ideas of civil rights activitsm. This would not take practical shape, however, until he was back in the South and working at churches and participating in actual events. He describes his involvement with Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Movement as a mountaintop experience, which also led to an awakening, both in King and in the community, of the power of nonviolent action a la Mahatma Gandhi.
It is almost incomprehensible to read this autobiography and realise that in a span of barely more than a dozen years (Rosa Parks was arrested for her action in December of 1955; King was assassinated in 1968) so much of what we consider to be the central history of the Civil Rights struggle occurred. Within the pages of text, King talks about the struggles of the common people and the dealings with the powerful, from the police in Alabama jurisdictions to dealing with federal government officials and organisations.
In the midst of all of this work, King managed to remain a family man, devoted to his wife and children, and a tireless worker in the church. Carson admits to not being able to develop too much of an interior autobiography in these kinds of sections (as even in King's private papers and writings, too much remains unrecorded), but his life in this regard still comes through many aspects of his writings, sermons and speeches.
This is an incredible book, and should be read as a required part of the education of an American, as it recounts a remarkable and astonishing part of history that continues to shape the direction of the nation to this day.
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am 25. Juli 1999
Any book of the writings and reflections of one of the greatest writers and orators of our time can't go too wrong. Reading King's words in the context of what he was living at the time has to leave you inspired and awed. But, this is not biography, and I'm disappointed that Carson, the book's editor and the director of the King Papers Project, promotes it as one. Biography digs deep, revealing and explaining inlfuences that shaped belief, events and people that inspired the courage of the man; it gives the reader a special insight to the doubts of the man and the reservoirs he drew from to overcome them. A journal, on the other hand, only provides insights from the moment, without the advantage of seeing things from the distance of time and in the context of ensuing events. This is worthwhile read, but far from being a biography.
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am 14. Januar 2015
Die Biografie ist verständlich, als auch wissenschaftlich hochwertig geschrieben und gibt einen guten Einblick in das Leben und Denken von Martin Luther King. Dem Autor gelingt es, nicht nur bloße Fakten zu nennen, sondern darüber hinaus nennt er wichtige Hintergründe, sowie zeitliche Zusammenhänge welche Kings Lebenseinstellungen prägnant darzustellen. Durch in den Kontext eingefügte Briefe oder Reden Kings,bekommt das Leben Kings Lebendigkeit und Aktualität!
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am 18. Juni 1999
First, I would like to thank Dr. King and all of the many supporters of civil rights that had to suffer through so many years of hatred and abuse. Second, this book opened my eyes to something that should have been visible from miles off. This was not just a good man who happened to be a different gender. This man was hungry for God. As a Christian it is so hard to find public figures that represent Christ in their lives. This was not just a man who fought for a race of color, but a man who fought for a race of humans.
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am 14. Juni 2013
Das muss damals ein Leben gewesen sein. Man fühlt richtig mit und kann sich sowas gar nicht vorstellen. Man kann nur größten Respekt von Leuten haben, die sich zu der Zeit gewaltlos ohne finanziellen Absichten dafür bereit gestellt hatten. MLK war dabei natürlich nur die herausragende Persönlichkeit. Solche Leute, wie Malcolm X, Gandhi, MLK usw. fehlen heute leider.
Das Buch ist wirklich empfehlenswert. Schade, dass es wie beim Malcolm X und Gandhi keine Autobiographie von MLK selbst ist.
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am 20. November 1999
I was born the same year that MLK was assassinated, and grew up hearing snippets of his speeches on TV documentaries. I appreciated his stature as a leader in the abstract. Listening to his speeches on these tapes redoubled my esteem. I felt like I was there; I was really moved. The effect is different from, and maybe better than TV footage, because the mind's eye is not trapped watching the preselected pictures. You think more about MLK's message. Also, I give credit to Carson for setting the stage for each speech with good background information. Levar Burton reads it with passion in his voice.
My one criticism is that it is not really an autobiography, as it says on the cover. The background to MLK's speeches (which are the real recordings) is read in the first person, but is not something that he actually wrote. With more effort, the editors could have strung together enough original material by MLK and his correspondents to make a coherent narrative. For example, the one volume collection of Lincoln's writings edited by Roy Basler is just selected letters in order by date, but it reads like a gripping drama. That's a more honest and better approach.
Still, I am really pleased and proud to be the owner of these MLK tapes. I give them six months before I wear them out.
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am 30. November 1998
My struggle with the book was a result of Carson's choice to write the book in first person, as if MLK's words were his. Bad call. It operated more as a distraction for me than a glimpse into King's mind, forcing me to continually stop and wonder whether this was in fact what King thought or if it was conjecture and educated guessing. I disagree with that apporach wholeheartedly. Carson, whom I understand was commissioned to write this book by the King estate, would have been better off to write a biography using these previously unavailable documents rather than trying to speak for a dead man. And a great one, at that.
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am 6. April 1999
Too many of us associate MLK only with the March on Washington and the "I have a dream" speech, but his life was truly epic -- a complex leader that undertook many missions, all of which were accompanied by personal struggles of faith, family and community. This book steps the reader through his life using his words and speeches as the primary guide. My appreciation for MLK and the civil rights struggle of the 60s was enriched by this reading.
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am 2. Januar 2000
As with A Knock At Midnight, purchasers of the audio book will fare best. For while the words themselves carry force, the voice of the man himself is stunning in its beauty and impact. There is no doubt this social leader was the 20th century's greatest orator. His message that the true leader is a molder of consensus rather than a follower is particularly important as we survey the political climate at the turn of the millennium.
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