Sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. at the podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963

The sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., comprise an extensive catalog of American writing and oratory – some of which are internationally well-known, while others remain unheralded, and some await re-discovery.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent African-American clergyman, a civil rights leader, and a Nobel laureate.[1]

King himself observed, "In the quiet recesses of my heart, I am fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher."[2]

Speechwriter and orator[edit]

The famous "I Have a Dream" address was delivered in August 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Less well-remembered are the early sermons of that young, 25-year-old pastor who first began preaching at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954.[3] As a political leader in the Civil Rights Movement and as a modest preacher in a Baptist church, King evolved and matured across the span of a life cut short. The range of his rhetoric was anticipated and encompassed within "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life," which he preached as his trial sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1954 and every year thereafter for the rest of his life.[4]

Sermons[edit]

Speeches[edit]

Year Date Title Location Notes
1954 February 28 Rediscovering Lost Values Detroit, Michigan A sermonic presentation containing some theme's which would become pat of King's eternal philosophy[11].
July 4 A Religion of Doing Montgomery, AL From the Archival Description

King asserts: “Christ is more concerned about our attitude towards racial prejudice and war than he is about our long processionals. He is more concerned with how we treat our neighbors than how loud we sing his praises.”

1955 Between June 28 and July3 The Task of Christian Leadership Training for Education in the Local Community Atlantic City, NJ From the Archival Description

"King traveled to Atlantic City on 28 June to attend the National Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress.1 The subject matter of the following undated, typed manuscript indicates that it may have served as the basis for an address at the conference. King lays out three primary challenges facing local communities: economics, religious sectarianism, and race."[12]

May 8 The Crisis in the Modern Family Montgomery, AL This is not technically a speech, however it's language and outline are similar to many speeches Dr. King delivered in fourth coming years.[13]
December 5 Montgomery Improvement Association mass meeting speech
Montgomery, AL
1956 May 17 Death of Evil Upon the Seashore New York, NY From the Archival Description

"King delivered this sermon at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, headquarters of the Episcopal diocese of New York State, in an ecumenical program commemorating the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Twelve thousand people attended the event"

July 23 and October 16 Non-Aggression Procedures to Interracial Harmony Courtland, New York From the Archive Description

In this address to executives of the Home Mission Societies of Christian Friends, sponsored by the American Baptist Assembly, King responds to the question: "How will the oppressed peoples of the world wage their struggle against the forces of injustice?" Dismissing the use of violence as "both impractical and immoral," he endorses the method of nonviolent protest. This "mentally and spiritually aggressive" technique not only avoids "external physical violence," but "seeks to avoid internal violence [to the] spirit." He delivered the same speech on 16 October to the 131st Universalist Convention in Courtland, New York; it was edited for publication in the organization's journal. Significant variations between the Green Lake speech and the article are noted[14].

September Living Under the Tensions of Modern Life Montgomery, Alabama From the Archival Description

The emotionally and physically trying bus boycott was in its tenth month when King delivered a sermon with this title. He laments: “Oh, I know all of us sometimes worry about our particular situation. We worry about the fact that we live now amid the tension of the Southland. We worry about what will, what's going to happen in this whole struggle toward integration.” He appeals to them to draw on resources of strength and hope:[15]

December 15 Desegregation and the Future New York, New York An early version of a speech topic Dr. King would speak on often.

From the Archive Description

Referring to his recent experience with segregated dining policies at the Atlanta airport, King claims that equality is not only quantitative but also qualitative, "not only a matter of mathematics and geometry," but "a matter of psychology."[16]

1957 January 1 "Facing the Challenge of A New Age," Address Delivered at NAACP Emancipation Day

Rally

Atlanta, GA From the Archival Description

In celebration of the ninety-fourth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, King addresses seven thousand people at a NAACP rally at Big Bethel AME Church on Auburn Avenue. Atlanta police covering the event reported that people in the church were "over packed, standing on the sidewalks and the basement of the church and every available place."[17]

April 10 "A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations,"
St. Louis, MO
From the Archival Description

The Citizens Committee of Greater St. Louis, a federation of several area ministerial groups, sponsored King’s address at a Freedom Rally held to raise funds for the MIA. John E. Nance, a Morehouse classmate of Martin Luther King, Sr., introduced King, who captivated the “intensely integrated inter-racial audience” of eight thousand people at Kiel Auditorium[18].

April 14 Garden of Gethsemane Montgomery, AL When first read, the sermon is impressive for its interpretation of a pivotal biblical moment, yet, in considering events unfolding one decade later (King delivered Beyond Vietnam 10 years and 10 days after this date), the sermon is prophetic.

From the Archival Description

In this Palm Sunday sermon, King declares, “You can stand up amid despair. You can stand up amid persecution. You can stand up amid disappointment. You can stand up even amid death. But you don’t worry because you know God is with you. You have made the transition. You have faced life’s central test.”[19]

April 25 “The Role of the Church in Facing the Nation’s Chief Moral Dilemma,” Nashville, TN From the Archival Description

The day after receiving the Social Justice Award from the Religion and Labor Foundation in New York, King addressed the final morning session of the Conference on Christian Faith and Human Relations.[20]

May 17 "Give Us the Ballot"
Washington, DC
July 14 "Overcoming an Inferiority Complex,"  Montgomery, AL Technically not a speech, though its length and breath are similar to Dr. King's speech format. Moreover, this Sermon, along with his Sermon "Conquering Self-Centeredness", offers a look into how he kept himself leveled as his star rose[21].
August 11 “Conquering Self-Centeredness" Montgomery, AL Combined with Dr. Kings Sermon from July 14, 1957, this Sermon provides a window into how Dr. King managed his personality as his fame grew.[22]
December 4 "The Christian Way of Life in Human Relations" St. Louis, Missouri Address Delivered at the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches

From the Archival Description

In his second of two addresses during the annual meeting of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., King charges that “all too many ministers are still silent while evil rages.”1 He calls on church leaders to be “maladjusted” to social injustice and asserts that “the aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.”[23]

December 5 "Some Things We Must Do," Address Delivered at the Second Annual Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change at Holt Street Baptist Church Montgomery, AL From the Archival Description

In a November letter King invited local pastors and their congregations to the December institute marking the second anniversary of the MIA. King described the four-day event as “the school in which our people will be prepared to lead the freedom movement in the spirit of love and non-violence.”[24]

1958 January 9 This is a Great Time to be Alive New York, NY Address delivered at the Tenth Annual Installation Dinner of the Guardians Association of the Police Department of the City of New York.[25]
January 13 The Desire-ability to be Maladjusted Evanston, Ill Address delivered at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue[26]
March 12 "The Christian Doctrine of Man" Detroit, Michigan Sermon Delivered at the Detroit Council of Churches’ Noon Lenten Services

From the Archival Description

On 1 March 1957 Detroit Council of Churches executive director G. Merrill Lenox invited King to preach during the Council’s 1958 Noon Lenten series.[27]

April 15 Crisis in Human Relations Evanston, Ill Address delivered at Northwestern University (see citations 25 or 26)
June 27 "Nonviolence and Racial Justice, Address delivered at the Friends General Conference" Cape May, N.J Similarly titled to an article Dr. King submitted for publication in the Christian Century, an article released from the King archives for public review[28], this is similarly named however the content has not been released to the public as of yet (see citation 25 or 26)
1959 September 9 Divine and Human Mutuality, Man's Helplessness Without God Montgomery, AL From the Archival description

King offers two possible titles for this handwritten sermon. He criticizes those who rely too much on their own power, as well as those who “wait on God to do everything” and believe they “don't need to do anything about the race problem.”[29][30]

August 20 Address to the National Bar Association Milwaukee, Wisc. The preeminent Black Lawyer Association of the Time, welcomed Dr. King for the delivery of this speech which covers a wide range of topics[31].
December 3 Address delivered at the Fourth Annual Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change at Bethel Baptist Church Los Angeles, CA From the Archival Description

In this typescript of his final address as president of the MIA, King summarizes the past year’s accomplishments, highlighting attempts to desegregate the city’s public schools and parks: “I think this is enough to say to the cynics, skeptics, and destructive critics that the MIA is still in business, and that while it does not have the drama of a bus boycott, it is doing a day to day job that is a persistent threat to the power structure of Montgomery.” He outlines the MIA’s “threefold task”: challenging segregation, suffering and sacrificing for freedom, and making full and constructive use of existing freedoms.[32]

1960 April 10 "Keep Moving from This Mountain," Address at Spelman College Atlanta, GA From the Archival Description

In this Founder’s Day address at Spelman College, King identifies four symbolic mountains—relativism, materialism, segregation, and violence—that must be overcome.[33]

September 6 "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness", Address at the Golden Anniversary Conference of the National Urban League New York, NY From the Archival Description

"In this typed draft of his address, King asserts that 'there need be no essential conflict' between the Urban League's efforts to help 'the Negro adjust to urban living' and the need for 'more militant civil rights organizations' to present a 'frontal attack on the system of segregation'. He advises that 'the NAACP’er must not look upon the Urban Leaguer as a quiet conservative and the Urban Leaguer must not look upon the NAACP’er as a militant troublemaker. Each must accept the other as a necessary partner in the complex yet exciting struggle to free the Negro.[34]

September 25 "The Negro and the American Dream," Excerpt from Address at the Annual Freedom Mass Meeting of the North Carolina State Conference of Branches of the NAACP Charlotte, NC Predecessor to the "I Have a Dream Speech", the link provided has only an excerpt of the entire speech, however there does exist an audio recording if it can be found[35].
1961 Unknown The Modern Negro Activist Unknown A recently released transcript, impressive in its totality. Dr. King gives a majestic voice to the rising consciousness among Negros in this very early speech on the topic. Though criticisms would erode his credibility as a Black leader in later years, his remarks in this speech show just how prepared for Black Power Dr. King foretold himself to be.[36]
January 2 The Negro and the American Dream Savannah, GA From the Archival Description

In the spring of 1960, African Americans in Savannah, Georgia, began a boycott of the white downtown merchants to protest their segregationist practices.1 Speaking before a capacity crowd in honor of the ninety-eighth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, King calls on protesters to remain nonviolent as they continue their “program of economic withdrawal.[37]

1962 February 12 "If the Negro Wins, Labor Wins"
AFL–CIO Convention in Bal Harbour, Florida
King suggests that black emancipation is also the key to workers' rights. (Some confusion about whether the speech was December 1961 or February 1962.)
May 23 "The Future of Race Relations in the United States"; Speech Delivered at Darmouth University Hanover, NH A nearly lost speech detailing the challenges facing the Civil Rights Movement up to that point in time.[38]
September 12 Address to the New York State Civil War Centennial Commission New York, NY A speech memorable for its commemoration of the Civil War.[39]
September 16 Levels of Love Atlanta, GA A sermon which contained information significantly influential to Dr. King's philosophy.[40]
September 30 Can A Christian Be a Communist Atlanta, GA From the Archival Description

While insisting that “no Christian can be a communist,” King calls on his congregation to consider communism “a necessary corrective for a Christianity that has been all too passive and a democracy that has been all too inert.” Frustrated by the church’s unwillingness to take a stand against racial discrimination, he complains, “This morning if we stand at eleven o’clock to sing ‘In Christ There Is No East or West,’ we stand in the most segregated hour of America.” [41]

1963 April 16 A Reading of the Letter from a Birmingham Jail Birmingham, AL A digital recording of Dr. King reading his infamous Letter from a Birmingham Jail.[42]
June 23 The 'Great March on Detroit' speech
Detroit, MI
King's first "I Have A Dream" Speech – Titled, in LP released by Detroit's Gordy records, The Great March to Freedom (excerpt)
August 28 "I Have a Dream"
Washington, DC
December 2 Social Justice and the Emerging New Age West Michigan University A sobering, often somber but optimistic look at the Civil Rights Movement[43]
September 18 Eulogy for the young victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
Birmingham, AL
1964 December 10 Nobel Prize – acceptance speech
Oslo, Norway
February 6 The Summer of Our Discontent or The Negro Revolution Why 1963 The New School Given from a chapter in his book, Why We Can't Wait, this speech was thought lost until it was discovered in the archives of the New School.[44][45]
December 11 "The Quest for Peace and Justice"
Oslo, Norway
Nobel laureate lecture
November 29 Untitled speech[46]
Dayton, OH
1965 March 1965 "Civil Rights '65: the Right to Vote, the Quest for Jobs." Atlanta, GA Contents of this speech is unknown.[47]
May 1 Address delivered at Law Day U.S.A Philadelphia, Pa [48]
May 23 How to Deal with Grief and Disappointment Atlanta, GA [49] Contents of this speech are limited to the hand written outline King wrote (cited)
June 6 Modern Man's Crucial Problem Atlanta, GA [50]
June 15 Why Are You Here Atlanta, GA A motivation speech, addressing the volunteers of the SCLC's Summer Conference on Community Organizing and Political Education which was almost lost to history.[51]
July 6 America's Chief Moral Dilemma, Address delivered to the General Synod of United Church of Christ. Chicago, IL Contents of this speech are unknown.[52]
July 26 Address delivered at the March on Chicago Chicago, IL The Speech is listed at 23 pages in the archives, yet its contents are unknown.[53]
August 17 Press Statement on the Watts Riot Atlanta, GA King diagnosis the cause of the riots in Los Angeles, attributing the riots to the lack of prosperity in the Black Community.[54]
October 11 Address delivered in Crawfordville, GA Crawfordville, GA [55]
October 15 Address delivered at the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Philadelphia, PA Content of Speech is unknown[56]
October 29 The Dignity of Family Life Westchester Country, NY Content of the Speech is unknown but it is confirmed.[57]
December 15 A Great Challenge Derived from a serious Dilemma New York, NY Address to Members of the Hungry Club[58]
1966 January 27 The Negro Family, a Challenge to National Action Chicago, IL A powerfully moving speech concerning the Black Family in America.[59]
February 2 Address delivered to the New York City Clergy at Riverside Church New York, NY Before he delivered Beyond Vietnam, King stopped by Riverside Church to deliver this speech, a speech who's content is unknown to the public.[60]
February 5 Who Are We Atlanta, GA From the Archival Description

In this sermon Dr. King contemplates "who are we?" and "what is man?". He differentiates between the pessimistic attitudes of the materialistic understandings of man and the optimistic attitudes of humanistic definitions of man. King also states that man is neither all good nor all bad, but a combination. Man is both an everlasting miracle and mystery.[61]

April 21 Address to the New York City Bar Association New York, NY An impassioned speech to a room of litigators, Dr. King speaks on the legal history of the Black Freedom Movement.[62]
April 24 Making the Best of a Bad Mess Atlanta, GA Sermon dealing with facing challenges in a powerful way.[63]
May 4 The Social Activist and Social Change Atlanta, GA Address at the Invitational Conference on Social Change and the Role of Behavioral Science.[64]
May 5 "Family Planning – A Special and Urgent Concern";
accepting Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Margaret Sanger Award for "his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity."
Washington, DC
Due to what he described as "last minute urgent developments in the civil rights movement," King's wife, Coretta Scott King, delivered his speech on his behalf.

Before reading his speech, Mrs. King declared, "I am proud tonight to say a word in behalf of your mentor, and the person who symbolizes the ideas of this organization, Margaret Sanger. Because of her dedication, her deep convictions, and for her suffering for what she believed in, I would like to say that I am proud to be a woman tonight."[65]
May 8 Training Your Child in Love Atlanta, GA Mother's Day sermon delivered at Ebeneezer Church, content is unknown besides the entry provided..[66]
May 18 "Don't Sleep Through the Revolution"
Hollywood, Florida
Given as the prestigious Ware Lecture at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Association of Congregations, now the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
June 17 "We Shall Overcome"
July 15 The Role of Education in the Civil Rights Movement Syracuse University Possibly the greatest policy focused speech Dr. King ever delivered![67]
August 18 "Why I Must March" Chicago, IL Address at a Rally, speech content is unknown.[68]
September 19 Negros in History Grenada, MS Better known as the Grenada, MS speech, content though, is unknown..[69]
September 30 Address to the  International Conference of the Radio and Television Directors Association Chicago, IL Speech content is unknown[70]
October 6 Statement on the Negro’s Political and Economic Power Atlanta, GA A statement concerning the powerlessness felt by Black People.[71]
November 14 Address at SCLC Retreat Frogmore, SC An infamous speech among academics, known simply as The Frogmore Speech.

From the Archival description

Dr. King addresses the staff of the SCLC at a retreat in Frogmore, South Carolina. He divides his speech into three parts: "whence we have come, where we have come, and where do we go from here." Dr. King thoroughly discusses his thoughts on Communism, the practice of nonviolence, the belief that racism is an "ontological affirmation,"and the weaknesses of Black Power.[72]

November 27 The Next One Hundred Years Atlanta, GA Address delivered at Morehouse College Centiennial, what was said is unknown, though the address does exist in audio form[73].[74]
December 6 Change Must Come New York, NY Address delivered to The United Neighborhood Houses of New York
December 15 Statement and Related Comments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., given to the Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization, Committee on Governmental Operations Washington D.C Dr. King delivers a statement on the Urban Poor, Education Problems in the Inner Cities and the rebalancing of national priorities (to name a few topics covered), before he is questioned by Senator Abram Ribicof and Robert Kennedy.[75]
1967 February 11 The Domestic Impact of the War in Vietnam Chicago, IL Another predecessor to Dr. King's legendary "Beyond Vietnam" Speech, breathtaking in its scale (Dr. King mentions the potential presidency of Ronald Reagan, he also quotes well known Socialist Eugene Deb's at its conclusion).[76]
February 25 Casualties of the Vietnam War The Nation Institute, Los Angeles, California A stunning predecessor to Dr. King's legendary "Beyond Vietnam" Speech, in this almost forgotten speech Dr. King lists the numerous political and social casualties afflicted onto the American Social/ Political Body by the war's continuation.[77] [78]
March 31 A Revolution in the Classroom Atlanta, GA Delivered to the Georgia Teacher and Education Association, during the final paragraph, Dr. King states in part "I remember a group of teachers in Selma, Alabama who were tired of waging a hopeless battle within the classroom only to see their children destroyed by the corrupt and racist political system of George Wallace and Jim Class. And one day they decided to meet after school and join their children and their parents by marching in protest. . .I knew then the revolution would continue in the classroom".[79]
April 4 "Beyond Vietnam"
New York, NY
April 16 Interview on CBS's Face the Nation A combative interview, important, for its proceeding Dr. King's Beyond Vietnam Speech. Many misconceptions held by the status quo are raised during this interview, yet despite Dr. King's answers, those misconceptions have persisted.[80]
April 30 "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam"
May To Charter our Course for the Future Frogmore, SC [81]
June 18 Interview on ABC's Issues and Answers New York, NY Another interview concerning Dr. King's stance on the Vietnam War.[82]
June 25 To Serve the Present Age Los Angeles, CA Sermon Delivered at Victory Baptist Church, content is unknown.[83][84]
July 6 Interview on Merv Griffin Show Hollywood, CA Interview concerning Dr. King's controversial stance on the Vietnam War.[85][86]
July 28 Interview with Associated Press Atlanta, GA Interview Concerning Operation Breadbasket.[87]
August 15 The Crisis in America's Cities Atlanta, GA  Address at the Eleventh Annual Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.[88]
August 16 "Where Do We Go from Here?"
Atlanta, GA
Speech to the 10th annual session of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
August 31 The Three Evils of Society, Address at the National Conference for New Politics Chicago, IL A speech piercing in its confrontation of the national illness afflicting the United States. One needs only to hear it to know how divine Dr. King truly was.[89][90][91]
Sept 1 The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Rights Movement Washington D.C Speech delivered at the APA's Annual Convention, it is an intense reading of social commentary and brilliant insight.[92]
October 30 Statement on the Attack on the First Amendment Atlanta, GA This quote from the statement, says it all "It concerns me that we have placed a weapon for repression of freedom in the very hands of those who have fostered today’s malignant disorder of poverty, racism and war."[93]
November 11 Address to the National Leadership Assembly for Peace Chicago, IL Delivered at the University of Chicago[94]
November 20 Massey Lecture #1 - Impasse in Race Relationships Canada The first in a five part lecture series for the Canadian Broadcast Channel. A brilliant speech drawing upon the question of the need for Black Power, the reason for the white backlash and what the inability of the broader society to meet the reasonable demands of Black people says about the society and its Humanitarianism.[95][96]
November 27 Massey Lecture #2 - Vietnam Canada The second in a five part lecture series for the Canadian Broadcast Channel, much of the lecture here is combed from his "Beyond Vietnam" presentation.[97]
December 4 Statement Announcing the Poor People's Campaign Atlanta, GA The statement announcing the Poor People's Campaign, brilliantly precise and sharply telling.[98]
December 4 Massey Lecture #3 - Youth and Social Activism Canada The Third in a five part lecture series for the Canadian Broadcast Channel, a gem in its explanation of the isolation felt within White Communities and the connection between the Black Power Movement and the empowerment felt by White Radicals to seek dramatic change in the society.[99]
December 11 Massey Lecture #4 - Nonviolence and Social Change Canada The fourth in a five part lecture series for the Canadian Broadcast Channel, another gem for its explanation of the development of nonviolence as a strategy going forward. Much of the language used is combed from an internal report from SCLC, and several speeches delivered by Dr. King during the previous year.[100]
December 25 Massey Lecture #5 - Christmas Sermon on Peace Canada The fifth and final part of the five part lecture series. Here Dr. King delivers a Sermon at Ebeneezer Baptist Church concerning Peace in the world.[101]
1968 January 7 What are your New Years Resolutions Atlanta, GA A sermon declaring the importance of making resolutions count for something more than just vein pursuits.[102]
January 16 The Need to Go to Washington, Press Conference on the Poor People's Campaign Atlanta, GA Conference concerning the evolution of the Poor People's Campaign.[103] The Stanford archival file does not ascribe a name to the press conference, however the long running show MLK Speaks referenced the press conference by this name in Episode 6806.[104]
January 19 The Future of Integration Manhattan, KS (Kansas State University) He addressed the state of racial inequality in our nation, the progress made since the time of slavery, and the progress still needed to solve the issue. Elaborating and identifying the history and injustices that had befallen such a large range of our national community, he made it clear that our country needed to come to terms with an uncomfortable, yet critical, truth that could no longer be overlooked or pushed aside.[105]
February 7 In Search for a Sense of Direction Atlanta, GA While preparing for the Poor People's Campaign, he delivered this speech at a SCLC staff retreat, while much was discussed, in his own words, he was attempting to "grapple with this entire question of the "state of the movement"".[106][107]
February 15 Why We Must Go to Washington, speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. at a staff retreat at Ebenezer Baptist Church, February 15, 1968 Atlanta, GA The only reference to this speech is located in the SCLC archives for MLK speaks, the speech in its entirety ran during Episodes 6807 & 6808.[108]
February 16 Things are not Right in this Country Montgomery, AL Address at a mass meeting, the context discussed is unknown as the archival information cited has yet to be released to the public[109].
February 23[110] Speech Honoring Dr. Dubois New York, NY A speech rumored to be in existence, has been confirmed to have actually occurred.

From the Archival description

"The Centennial Address delivered by Nobel laureate Dr. Martin Luther King at Carnegie Hall in New York City, February 23, 1968. The occasion was the International Cultural Evening sponsored by Freedomways magazine on the 100th birthday of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois and launching an "International Year".[111]

March 4 Statement on the President's Commission Atlanta, GA A brilliant, albeit short, rebuke of the President's refusal to speak candidly about the Kerner Commission's findings.
March 14 "The Other America"
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
[112]
March 25 Conversation with the Sixty-Eighth Annual Convention of the Rabbinical Assembly Unknown From the Archival description

The editor of Conservative Judaism introduced this transcription with the following head note; “On the evening of March 25, 1968, ten days before he was killed, Dr. Martin Luther King appeared at the sixty-eighth annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly. He responded to questions which had been submitted in advance to Rabbi Everett Gendler, who chaired the meeting.[113]

March 31 To Minister to the Valley Unknown Speech delivered by Dr. King at a Ministers Leadership Training Conference. Appeared on Martin Luther King Speaks on the date provided. The Ministers Conference referenced is possibly the same one Dr. King delivered the Closing remarks for in February.[114]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nobel Prize: Martin Luther King bio
  2. ^ Lischer, Richard. (2001). The Preacher King, p. 3.
  3. ^ Fuller, Linda K. (2004). National Days/National Ways: Historical, Political, And Religious Celebrations around the World, p. 314.
  4. ^ Lischer, p. 66.
  5. ^ Lischer, p. 81.
  6. ^ King, Martin L. (May 17, 1956). ""The Death of Evil Upon the Seashore," Sermon Delivered at the Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving, Cathedral of St. John the Divine". The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr. The King Center. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ King, Martin L. (2013). "The Three Evils of Society". Youtube. Video Uploader. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ King, Martin L. (February 26, 1967). "The Casualties of the War in Vietnam". The King Paper Project. The King Center. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Martin After Elijah: 'America May Go To Hell'". noirg.org. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  10. ^ Vern E. Smith; Jon Meacham (1998). "Martin Luther King Jr.: The Legacy". Washington Post. 
  11. ^ nicholasflyer (2015-09-24), Martin Luther King Jr. 'Rediscovering Lost Values' February 28, 1954, retrieved 2017-11-25 
  12. ^ ""The Task of Christian Leadership Training for Education in the Local Community" | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  13. ^ ""The Crisis in the Modern Family," Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  14. ^ ""Non-Aggression Procedures to Interracial Harmony," Address Delivered at the American Baptist Assembly and American Home Mission Agencies Conference | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  15. ^ ""Living Under the Tensions of Modern Life," Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  16. ^ ""Non-Aggression Procedures to Interracial Harmony," Address Delivered at the American Baptist Assembly and American Home Mission Agencies Conference | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  17. ^ ""Facing the Challenge of a New Age," Address Delivered at NAACP Emancipation Day Rally | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  18. ^ ""A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations," Address Delivered at St. Louis Freedom Rally | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  19. ^ "Garden of Gethsemane, Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  20. ^ ""The Role of the Church in Facing the Nation's Chief Moral Dilemma," Address Delivered on 25 April 1957 at the Conference on Christian Faith and Human Relations in Nashville | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  21. ^ ""Overcoming an Inferiority Complex," Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  22. ^ ""Conquering Self-Centeredness," Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  23. ^ "The Christian Way of Life in Human Relations, Address Delivered at the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  24. ^ ""Some Things We Must Do," Address Delivered at the Second Annual Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change at Holt Street Baptist Church | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  25. ^ "An Inventory of the Major Papers and Recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. p. 3". swap.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-02.  line feed character in |title= at position 72 (help)
  26. ^ "An Inventory of the Major Papers and Recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. p. 3". swap.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-02.  line feed character in |title= at position 72 (help)
  27. ^ ""The Christian Doctrine of Man," Sermon Delivered at the Detroit Council of Churches' Noon Lenten Services | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute". kinginstitute.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
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    Words are inadequate for me to say how honored I was to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award. This award will remain among my most cherished possessions. While I cannot claim to be worthy of such a signal honor, I can assure you that I accept it with deep humility and sincere gratitude. Such a wonderful expression of support is of inestimable value for the continuance of my humble efforts... I am happy to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award and I can assure you that this distinct honor will cause me to work even harder for a reign of justice and a rule of love all over our nation. "Family Planning – A Special and Urgent Concern"

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