Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is known for being one of the greatest orators of the twentieth century, and perhaps in all of American history. In the 1950s and 1960s, his words led the Civil Rights Movement and helped change society. He is best known for helping achieve civil equality for African Americans, but these speeches--selected because they were each presented at a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement--show that his true goal was much larger than that: He hoped to achieve acceptance for all people, regardless of race or nationality.
This companion volume to A Knock at Midnight features the landmark speeches of his career, including: "I Have a Dream"; his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize; his eulogy for the young victims of the Birmingham church bombing; and "I've Been to the Mountaintop," the last speech he gave before his death.
Also featured in this text are introductions from world-renowned defenders of civil rights, who, reflecting on their own experiences, explain how they believe Dr. King's words can be applied in the twenty-first century. They include Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, George McGovern, Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin, Senator Edward Kennedy, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Dorothy Height, Reverend Leon Sullivan, the Dalai Lama, and Reverend Walter Fauntroy.
|5 Dec 1955||MIA Mass Meeting at Holt Street Baptist Church|
|7 April 1957||"The Birth of a New Nation," Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church|
|17 May 1957||"Give Us the Ballot," Address at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom|
|23 June 1963||Speech at the Great March on Detroit|
|28 Aug 1963|
|18 Sept 1963||"Eulogy for the Martyred Children"|
|10 Dec 1964||Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony|
|25 March 1965||"Our God Is Marching On!"|
|4 April 1967|
|16 Aug 1967||"Where Do We Go From Here?"|
|3 April 1968||"I've Been to the Mountaintop"|