Next week, Audible will release THE RADICAL KING, a collection of twenty-three of Martin Luther King Jr.’s essays and speeches, curated and introduced by Cornell West, and performed by some of the most charismatic and activist actors working today.
The Radical King includes a selection of twenty-three of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s essays and speeches, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, including words that were never recorded for posterity— a revelation for King’s legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is celebrated as one of the greatest orators in US history, an ambassador for nonviolence who became the most recognizable leader of the civil rights movement. But after more than forty years, few people appreciate how truly radical he was. The Martin Luther King Estate has allowed, for the first time, a dramatic interpretation of King’s words, by some of the most charismatic and activist actors working today: Levar Burton, Mike Colter, Colman Domingo, Danny Glover, Gabourey Sidibe, Wanda Sykes, and Michael Kenneth Williams. The full collection will be available exclusively from Audible on April 3, 2018.
The Radical King is revealing collection of essays and speeches that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X.
“Much of America did not know the radical King — and too few know today — but the FBI and US government did. They called him ‘the most dangerous man in America.’
“The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people. The response of the radical King to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution — a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.” — from the Introduction, written and performed by Cornell West
These essays and speeches remain extremely relevant even, and especially today.
“Reading Dr. King’s words was extremely daunting, but if this would introduce his lesser known works to more people, then I needed to do it. I tried to channel what the words meant to me, and what he meant to me,” said Sykes. Her powerful performance delivers King’s compassion, outrage, insight, and vulnerability like few others could — and reminds us all of the relevance his words still have today, and can be downloaded free at www.audible.com/theotheramerica from now until the release of the full collection.