Skip to content

Behind the Dream: the Making of the Speech That Transformed a Nation by Clarence B. Jones

August 29, 2013

coverOn August 28th, 1963 Clarence B. Jones stood some 50 feet behind Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as King delivered what is now know as his “I Have A Dream” speech to over 250,000 people—the largest group ever assembled in the United States. Jones, who served as King’s personal lawyer and political advisor, was instrumental in preparing—and copyrighting—the speech which was to captivate and inspire so many that day, becoming a defining feature of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the most celebrated speech in modern U.S. history. 

In his 2011 book, Behind the Dream: the Making of the Speech That Transformed a Nation, Jones, featured on the Rachel Maddow Show this week gives his own account of the weeks preceding the march, and the birth of the ideas which would encapsulate the civil rights movement and serve as, according to Jones, “a call to the conscience of America.”

Behind the Dream is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and your local indie bookstore.

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: