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Martin Luther King
An Unknown Early Draft of Martin Luther King's "Crisis in America's Cities
1968. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Crisis in America's Cities; An Analysis of Social Disorder and a Plan of Action Against Poverty, Discrimination and Racism in Urban " First Edition unpublished mimeograph draft. 5 pages plus cover. King's nationwide call to action against urban poverty, the most ambitious Civil Rights Campaign in the Northern United States, culminating in the 1968 Fair Housing Act, with significant differences from King's final speech. King authored this brief but influential treatise after riots spread through the urban north due to intense discrimination and poverty. "The white society did not move and Newark came after Watts and was followed by Detroit. We will have to make them move. We will have to remind them that in the 18th century, Thomas Jefferson said, 'I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.'" First Editions of the original speech made by King are extremely rare, with only one known in the holdings of the King Center archives. This earlier draft, held in the files of King's organization, the SCLC, is the only known draft of this speech in existence. On August 15, King delivered what is probably the most fiery of his speeches, entitled "The Crisis in American Cities." He pointed a finger at hypocrisy, declaring, "if the total slum violations of law by the white man over the years were calculated and compared with the lawbreaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man." The blame for the situation he placed upon "the policy makers of the white society...they created discrimination; they create … [Click Below for Full Description]
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