Behind the Dream

August 28th, 2013 commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s celebrated "I Have A Dream" speech.  Clarence B. Jones, Visiting Diversity Scholar at the University of San Francisco, wrote part of that great speech that helped change our nation.

Behind the Dream

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Excerpts from the Audio Book

Chapter 1: Plagued by Doubt
Chapter 1: Home Away From Home
Spin Before Spin

In honor of this historic event, the University of San Francisco is the proud sponsor and producer of the audio version of the acclaimed book, Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed A Nation, by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly.

By request of the author Dr. Clarence B. Jones, 50% of all proceeds from the sale of the audio book version of Behind the Dream will go towards funding the Center for Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution at the University of San Francisco. Click here to learn more about the Center for Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution or to make a donation.

Publisher's Description

"I have a dream." When those words were spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, the crowd stood, electrified, as Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the plight of African Americans to the public consciousness and firmly established himself as one of the greatest orators of all time. Behind the Dream is a thrilling, behind-the-scenes account of the weeks leading up to the great event, as told by Clarence Jones, co-writer of the speech and close confidant to King. Jones was there, on the road, collaborating with the great minds of the time, and hammering out the ideas and the speech that would shape the civil rights movement and inspire Americans for years to come.

About the Author

Clarence B. Jones served as speechwriter and counsel to Martin Luther King, Jr. and is currently a scholar-in-residence and visiting professor at Stanford University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute. Selected by Time magazine in 1972 as one of "The 100 Future Leaders of America," and twice recognized in Fortune magazine as "A Businessman of the Month," Jones has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society. He lives in Palo Alto, CA.

Stuart Connelly is an author and filmmaker. He is a recent National Educational Press Association Award winner and blogs for The Huffington Post. He divides his time between rural Pennsylvania and New York.

Photos from the recording sessions for the audio version of Behind the Dream

Dr. Clarence B. Jones in the recording studio at the University of San Francisco.The University of San Francisco recording studio, as seen from the narrator's seat.Dr. Jones reviewing the script between takes.Recording Engineer David R. Molina adjusting the equipment for Dr. Jones.Dr. Jones speaking during a recording session in May 2014.Dr. Jones in the recording studio at the University of San Francisco.Recording Sessions Director Professor Roberto Varea reviewing the audio book script.Dr. Jones during a recording session.Director and narrator discussing the takes.Director Roberto Varea in discussion at a recording session team meeting at USF.Dr. Clarence B. Jones, May 2013.Dr. Jones in discussion with the recording session team, telling stories about his time with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.The team behind the audio book, from right to left: Sheri Brenner, Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Roberto Varea, Dr. Clarence B. Jones, David Monlina, and Adriana Broullon.Director Roberto Varea reviewing the script along with Dr. Jones narration during a recording session.Recording engineer David Molina at work.

Production Credits

Author and Narrator — Clarence B. Jones
Studio Sessions Director — Roberto Varea
Lead Studio Recording and Editing Engineer — David R. Molina
Executive Producer — Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Ed.D.
Media Lab Director — Sheri Brenner
Production Coordinator — Adriana Broullon

Assistant Editors and Post-production Crew
Nic Casey
Taylor Gonzalez
Andrew Parsons
Manuel Trujillo
Scott Weissman

Special acknowledgment and thanks go to Dean Marcelo Camperi of the College of Arts & Sciences and Provost, and VP for Academic Affairs Jennifer E. Turpin, for the funding and support needed to bring this project to life.