New book highlights core values of Kentuckians

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In the 1950s, Edward R. Murrow’s radio program “This I Believe” gave voice to the core values and treasured beliefs of Americans around the country. Sixty years later, the popular update of the series, which has been featured on NPR and now continues on Bob Edwards Weekend on satellite and public radio, explores the beliefs that people hold dear today.

A new collection of 60 “This I Believe” essays has recently been published, and this time, it’s a collection all about Kentucky. This anthology of “This I Believe” essays gathers sixty thoughtful explorations of the core values and guiding principles of authors from current or former Kentuckians. The contributors range from former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, to Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure, to Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, to best-selling authors Silas House and Sena Jeter Naslund, to ordinary Kentuckians from every corner of the Commonwealth and all walks of life.

The book also features a dozen essays from Edward R. Murrow’s original 1950’s “This I Believe” radio series, including those from newspaper publisher Barry Bingham, Sr., journalist and NAACP executive Harry McAlpin, politician Henry Ward, and U of L professors Charles Henry Parrish and Edmond Schlesinger.

This I Believe: Kentuckycan be purchased at thisibelieve.org, and will be in bookstores in mid-November. All proceeds from sales go to support the non-profit organization This I Believe, Inc.


About This I Believe

This I Believe, Inc., is an independent non-profit organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. More than 120,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have been collected by the organization since 2005. Most of these essays are archived in a This I Believe Essay Collectionon the organization’s website (http://thisibelieve.org), and the group broadcasts essays weekly



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