The Concise King is a compilation of featured recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborn Carson, Peter Holloran and Kris Shepard. Eight speeches of Dr. King were chosen including of course two of his most recognized: I Have a Dream and I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.
Both of these speeches I have heard throughout the years in bits and pieces and TV clips. Never have I actually sat down and listened to them in their entirety. Not one for listening to political ramblings I didn’t know if I would enjoy listening to this 3 hour CD or even finish it. But I was entranced.
Dr. King has a passion for his message and an overpowering love for the poeple to whom he is speaking. His speeches start out slow. Not dull slow, but in thoughtfully articulated words and carefully organized sentences. Soon the pace picks up and by the end of the speech Dr. King’s voice is raised in volume, quickening in tempo and tremoring with excitement and the importance of the message.
I was totally captivated not only by the sound of his voice but the strength of his message. A couple of lines in particular that really stood out for me and I found to be most eloquent were from his Where Do We Go from Here speech:
“Let us be dissatisfied until men recognize that out of one blood God made all men that dwell upon the face of the earth. Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout white power, when nobody will shout black power, but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power!”
Though that speech was given August 16th, 1967, less than 2 months before I was born, it is sadly still relevant today. Let none of us be satisfied until Dr. King’s message of love and acceptance is written upon the hearts of our children and imprinted in the minds of the next generation.