50 years ago today:
A quarter of a million people, human beings who generally had spent their lives treated as something less, stood shoulder to shoulder across that vast lawn, their hearts beating as one. Hope on the line. When hope was an increasingly scarce resource.
Those are the opening words from Clarence B. Jones' book, “Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation."
Jones worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. to prepare his most famous speech and writes about his role in the Civil Rights Movement.
In 2011 Fresh Air’s Dave Davies spoke to Clarence B. Jones about his book and his relationship to Dr. King. You can hear the interview here.
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