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Dock

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.

Edited by Clayborne Carson.

Martin Luther King never wrote an autobiography. This book is the result of thorough research and an excellent editing job by Clayborne Carson. Carson like MLK, was a big hitter in the American civil rights movement and this book is the end product of King’s widow Coretta giving him access to a vast number of unseen files and notes that King had made in his short life.

The positive era-changing impact that King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference had on the non-violent civil rights movement of the fifties and sixties is undeniable but this is not the book to read if you are interested in this period in American history. What Clayborne presents to the reader is bite-sized chapters of King in his own words describing some of the key events in the movement. King was a scholar and even though he was a deeply religious man he questioned the bible and all organised religions, and believed strongly that any religion that did not evolve and existed on fear instead of love was dead. King was Eloquent, balanced, and articulate but his writing style and register is made for the pulpit and not the page in your humble reviewers opinion.

The first attempt on Kings life was when his house was bombed in 1955, but he dismissed this violent intimidation because he had strength in his convictions about what was right and wrong in what was an unjust society and believed that if he was to lose his life because of his work, then that was what god had in mind for him. From the fourteen year old kid who won an oratory competition with his essay ‘The Negro and the Constitution’ through to the man who delivered his earth shattering ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in front of a crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands, Martin Luther King is without doubt one of the most important and inspiring men in the history of the 20th century, but that said there are many better books about the American civil rights movement than this compilation. This isn’t a slight on either MLK or Clayborne Carson, but I personally would veer towards accounts of this period written by historians or journalists for a better overall picture.

Nyles O Cranium

Seriously, if MLK didnt write it then how can they call it an autobiography.  Or am I thick?
grunt

You haven't given it marks out of 10. How are we meant to know if it's better than Skyfall?
Dock

Nyles O Cranium wrote:
Seriously, if MLK didnt write it then how can they call it an autobiography.  Or am I thick?


Its a good point well made Codge. Its all Kings own words. Its just been cobbled together by Clayborne Carson. This adds to the choppy jumps between the register of the writing from different periods.

FAO Grunt. No, it isnt as good as Skyfall. Out of ten? I'd give it a five.
Grind

grunt wrote:
You haven't given it marks out of 10. How are we meant to know if it's better than Skyfall?


Much like Skyfall, it's probably best not to be "M" anywhere near the end.
Dock

Grind wrote:
grunt wrote:
You haven't given it marks out of 10. How are we meant to know if it's better than Skyfall?


Much like Skyfall, it's probably best not to be "M" anywhere near the end.


I have visited The Lorraine Motel in Memphis and have stood on the street near the balcony where King was shot. I have also been to The Dakota Building in New York City where John Lennon was shot. I'm a right morbid fucker of a tourist me! And Auschwitz. I've been there n' all.

*seeks help*
Grind

Dock wrote:
Grind wrote:
grunt wrote:
You haven't given it marks out of 10. How are we meant to know if it's better than Skyfall?


Much like Skyfall, it's probably best not to be "M" anywhere near the end.


I have visited The Lorraine Motel in Memphis and have stood on the street near the balcony where King was shot. I have also been to The Dakota Building in New York City where John Lennon was shot. I'm a right morbid fucker of a tourist me! And Auschwitz. I've been there n' all.

*seeks help*


Don't worry, I've done all of those too.

It's just a matter of time before we go on a Tizer-fuelled killing spree.
Plastic Man

It has been suggested that Jimmy Savile's body should be re-interred in an unmarked grave or at sea to avoid his grave becoming an attraction for ghoulish visitors.

I think that is a bit of an over-reaction. I mean, what sort of sick, depraved person would want to do that sort of thing?
Dock

Plastic Man wrote:
It has been suggested that Jimmy Savile's body should be re-interred in an unmarked grave or at sea to avoid his grave becoming an attraction for ghoulish visitors.

I think that is a bit of an over-reaction. I mean, what sort of sick, depraved person would want to do that sort of thing?


Me n' Grind would. Will there be a gift shop?
Grind

Dock wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
It has been suggested that Jimmy Savile's body should be re-interred in an unmarked grave or at sea to avoid his grave becoming an attraction for ghoulish visitors.

I think that is a bit of an over-reaction. I mean, what sort of sick, depraved person would want to do that sort of thing?


Me n' Grind would. Will there be a gift shop?


And would it sell Tizer?

* Gets packed lunch ready
Dock

Grind wrote:
Dock wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
It has been suggested that Jimmy Savile's body should be re-interred in an unmarked grave or at sea to avoid his grave becoming an attraction for ghoulish visitors.

I think that is a bit of an over-reaction. I mean, what sort of sick, depraved person would want to do that sort of thing?


Me n' Grind would. Will there be a gift shop?


And would it sell Tizer?

* Gets packed lunch ready


Bring a kagool as well. We could get soaked if its a sea burial. And a snorkel and mask. Bring a snorkel and mask.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Plastic Man wrote:
It has been suggested that Jimmy Savile's body should be re-interred in an unmarked grave or at sea to avoid his grave becoming an attraction for ghoulish visitors.

I think that is a bit of an over-reaction. I mean, what sort of sick, depraved person would want to do that sort of thing?


there's no way they'll do that as all hell would break loose when they discover he isnt in there and is in Paraguay living it up in the sun with some teenage catamites
Grind

Catamite. Want one.
Grind

* Wonders if he should've looked up catamite in the dictionary first.
Grind

* Tries to return catamite to Amazon.

** Without success.
Grind

I guess The Catamites could be the next big boy band.

* Watch out Wand Erection!

** Martin would be so pleased with the way this thread's heading.
Grind

Er, er, er, er the Catamites.

* Creates Savile row
Dock

What's a catamite?

*cant be fucking arsed to google it*

*waits*
Grind

Dock wrote:
What's a catamite?

*cant be fucking arsed to google it*

*waits*


You might get arsed by one if you're not careful.

* Hands can of Tizer to unwanted Catamite, points him in the direction of West Yorkshire.

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