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The Mighty Stream: Poems in Celebration of Martin Luther King


As part of a fifty year anniversary and celebration, this anthology gathers poets from both sides of the Atlantic to address the challenges set out by Dr King. When he was awarded an honorary degree in civil law at Newcastle University in 1967, Dr Martin Luther King gave an electrifying extemporaneous address, speaking without notes, in which he said: `There are three urgent and indeed great problems that we face today.That is the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war.' It's a shock to think how little has changed, and that Martin Luther King could well be speaking right here, right now. In the spirit of Dr King and his work as a humanitarian and activist, this anthology brings together poems that offer powerful testimonies to the urgent issues Dr King defines, and represents the polyphony of voices that speak in resistance to our continuing problems of racism, poverty, and war.