Martin Luther King’s “Rediscovering Lost Values” – February 28, 1954. Detroit, Michigan
Martin Luther King focused on the fact that it’s wrong to hate.
Martin Luther King at MIA Mass Meeting – December 5, 1955. Montgomery, Alabama
This was the first meeting of the Montgomery Improvement Associating, located in the Holt Street Baptist Church. Thousands of people attended, filling up the sanctuary and basement auditorium. Loudspeakers were placed outside for the people who couldn’t fit inside. Martin Luther King spoke about bus treatment toward black passenger, including Rosa Parks.
Martin Luther King’s “Paul’s Letter to American Christians” – November 4, 1956. Montgomery, Alabama
This speech is about a fictional letter Apostle Paul wrote to the Americans in 1956. Martin Luther King stressed the Paul would be disappointed that Americans, even though they advanced greatly in the scientific and medical fields, had lost moral standards.
Martin Luther King’s “The Birth of New Nation”– April 7, 1957. Montgomery, Alabama
This sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is Martin Luther King’s opinion on Ghana and Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah.
Martin Luther King’s “A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations” – April 10, 1957
Martin Luther King stated in this speech at a Freedom Rally that there are three ways of looking at the progress of race relations. The first is extreme optimism, the second is extreme pessimism. Both of these agree that no action needs to take place to further the progress. The third view is realism. This view agrees with an optimist’s take on how far progress has taken us, as well as agreeing with a pessimist’s take on how far progress needs to go. The difference is that a realist would strive for action.
Martin Luther King’s “Give Us the Ballot” – May 17, 1957. Washington D.C.
Civil rights leader organized a rally at the Lincoln Memorial in order to push the government in fulling it’s promise regarding the Brown v. Board of Education decision. About 20,000 people listened to three hours worth of speeches, the last speech coming from Martin Luther King.
Martin Luther King’s “Loving Your Enemies” – November 17, 1957. Montgomery, Alabama
This sermon was delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” – April 16, 1963. Birmingham, Alabama
This is a letter written while in jail by Martin Luther King giving his opinion about disobeying unjust laws. He was in jail for leading anti-segregation protests in Birmingham.
Martin Luther King’s speech at the Great March on Detroit – June 23, 1963. Detroit, Michigan
This is the original version of the famous “I have a Dream” speech.
Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” – August 28, 1963. Washington D.C.
This is one of the most famous speeches in American history. Over 250,000 people attended the 17 minute long speech.
Martin Luther King’s Eulogy for the Martyred Children – September 18, 1963. Birmingham, Alabama
Martin Luther King spoke about how the children did not die in vain.
Martin Luther King’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech – December 10, 1964. Oslo, Norway
Martin Luther King became the youngest receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35. He donated the prize money of $54,123 to the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King’s “Our God is Marching On” – March 25, 1965. Montgomery, Alabama
This speech is also referred to as “How long? Not Long”.
Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” – April 4, 1967. New York, New York
This speech about his opposition to the Vietnam War was delivered at the Riverside Church. He made it clear that he felt the United States was extremely violent.
Martin Luther King’s “I see the Promised Land” – April 3, 1968. Memphis, Tennessee
This was a sermon given by King at Mason Temple. This was his last public appearance. He was assassinated the next day. In this speech, he described how he would not be there for the civil rights’ victory. Many people feel the speech seemed to predict the impending assassination.