April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America

By Michael Eric Dyson
Read by Michael Eric Dyson

6.43 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., the prophet for racial and economic justice in America, was fatally shot while standing on the balcony of a Memphis hotel. Only hours earlier, he had ended his final public speech with the words, “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” In this impactful book, acclaimed public intellectual Michael Eric Dyson offers a comprehensive reevaluation of the fate of America, specifically Black America, since that date. Ambitiously and controversially, he investigates the ways in which we as a people have made it to that Promised Land King spoke of, and the many areas in which we still have a long way to go. April 4, 1968 takes a sweeping view of King’s death, remembering all the toil, triumph, and tribulation that led to that fateful date while anticipating the ways in which King’s legacy will affect the future of this country. This celebration of King’s leadership challenges America to renew its commitment to his vision.

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A Washington Post Bestseller

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., the prophet for racial and economic justice in America, was fatally shot while standing on the balcony of a Memphis hotel. Only hours earlier, he had ended his final public speech with the words, “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” In this impactful book, acclaimed public intellectual Michael Eric Dyson offers a comprehensive reevaluation of the fate of America, specifically Black America, since that date. Ambitiously and controversially, he investigates the ways in which we as a people have made it to that Promised Land King spoke of, and the many areas in which we still have a long way to go. April 4, 1968 takes a sweeping view of King’s death, remembering all the toil, triumph, and tribulation that led to that fateful date while anticipating the ways in which King’s legacy will affect the future of this country.

This celebration of King’s leadership challenges America to renew its commitment to his vision.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With deep, resonant projection that at times sounds eerily like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, own voice, Dyson narrates his deep exploration into the most significant aspects of King’s legacy since his assassination on April 4, 1968…Even when not echoing King’s cadence and intonation, Dyson delivers a strong narrative performance that illuminates his belief in King’s dream.” AudioFile
“Dyson delivers a strong narrative performance that illuminates his belief in King’s dream.” Audiofile

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Author Bio: Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books including April 4, 1968, Is Bill Cosby Right?, Presidential Race, and, I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. He is currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English