Sermons and Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sermons and Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo of Citymaps
A map by

Relive the most memorable sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

8 Places
Sort by: Recently Added
    May 17, 1957: The Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom was a non-violent demonstration in Washington, DC, and an early event of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. King's oratory is named the "Give Us the Ballot" speech as its key section uses this demand as an anaphora followed by the different changes that voting rights for African-Americans will bring about. It is one of King's major deliveries. 
    1 Like
    Collect
    Leave a reply...
    June 23, 1963: Two months before the March on Washington, King stood before a throng of 25,000 people at Cobo Hall in Detroit to expound upon making “the American Dream a reality”. King repeatedly exclaimed, “I have a dream this afternoon”. He articulated the words of the prophets Amos and Isaiah, declaring that “justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream,” for “every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low”. 
    1 Like
    Collect
    Leave a reply...
    August 28, 1963: ""I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation  where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
    1 Like
    Collect
    Leave a reply...
    December 11, 1964: "As Arnold Toynbee20 says: "Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word." We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate."
    1 Like
    Collect
    Leave a reply...
    March 17, 1966: "We are going to win our freedom because both the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of the almighty God are embodied in our echoing demands. And so I can sing anew, “We shall overcome” and we shall overcome because Carlyle is right, “No lie can live forever.” We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right."
    1 Like
    Collect
    Leave a reply...
    February 4, 1968: King's "Drum Major Instinct" sermon, an adaptation of the 1952 homily ‘‘Drum-Major Instincts’’ by J. Wallace Hamilton, a well-known, liberal, white Methodist preacher. King encouraged his congregation to seek greatness, but to do so through service and love. King concluded the sermon by imagining his own funeral, downplaying his famous achievements and emphasizing his heart to do right.
    1 Like
    Collect
    Leave a reply...
    March 31, 1968: "There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world."
    1 Like
    Collect
    Leave a reply...
    April 3, 1968: His final speech, and his final words in public: "I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!"
    1 Like
    Collect
    Leave a reply...
Join Discussion
Leave a comment...
“A travel gem - I will be planning all of my trips with it alone.”
Download Citymaps to see how it can help you today.
Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy
3.33.0-17