A Time to Break Silence
The first collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s essential writings for high school students and young people with eighteen selections including “I Have a Dream,” “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?"
“In your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth, and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody. However young you are, you have a responsibility to seek to make your nation a better nation in which to live. You have a responsibility to seek to make life better for everybody. And so you must be involved in the struggle for freedom and justice.” --from “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”A Time to Break Silence presents the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most important writings and speeches-carefully selected by teachers across a variety of disciplines in an accessible and user-friendly volume for students. Arranged thematically in six parts, the collection includes eighteen selections and is introduced by award-winning author Walter Dean Myers. Included are some of Dr. King’s most well-known and frequently taught classic works, like “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and “I Have a Dream,” as well as lesser-known pieces such as “The Sword that Heals” and “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?,” which speak to issues young people face today.
"[Students] are in reality standing up for the best in the American dream. One day historians will record this student movement as one of the most significant epics of our heritage.” --from 'The Time for Freedom Has Come"