Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, organized the 1963 March on Washington, advocated for civil disobedience and non-violent protest. He is one of the most influential figures in American history.
Here’s a look at some his most memorable speeches.
- “I Have a Dream” – Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963 - His most famous speech. He stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and called for an end to racism in the United States before a crowd of more than 250,000 people.
- “Our God is Marching On” – Selma, Alabama, March 25, 1965 - Delivered after the historic marches from Selma to Montgomery, to mark the end of the civil rights movement’s first phase focusing on legal and political rights.
- “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” – Riverside Church in New York City, April 4, 1967 - Condemning the Vietnam War. This was considered one of his most controversial speeches, for being very political.
- “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” – Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968 - The final speech, he addressed to striking sanitation workers who were protesting their low pay and working conditions. He stressed the importance of unity and a nonviolent protest in the fight for justice.
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April 16th. The year is 1963. Birmingham, Alabama has had a spring of non-violent protests known as the Birmingham Campaign, seeking to draw attention to the segregation against blacks by the city government and downtown retailers. The organizers longed to create a non-violent tension so severe that the powers that be would be forced to address the rampant racism head on. Recently arrested was Martin Luther King, Jr.. It is there in that jail cell that he writes this letter; on the margins of a newspaper he pens this defense of non-violence against segregation.
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For the first time, an edition of Martin Luther King's most important speeches and selected sermons are assembled and available on CD as a value-priced edition. Hachette Audio believes that the timeless message of King, in his own words and voice, are essential listening for any American and for any world citizen interested in American history, social justice, or non-violent protest. We hope to make these incredibly momentous speeches, extraordinary historical documents, accessible to an even wider population via this affordable offering.