Today is the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. It’s hard to underestimate the power of his writings. Obviously, almost everyone has at least heard part of his most famous talk, I Have A Dream.
But there were other talks that moved much of the nation and the world, including:
- Letter From Birmingham Jail
- I See The Promised Land (“I’ve been to the mountain top”)
- Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
- The Birth of a New Nation
- Loving Your Enemies
- Rediscovering Lost Values
- Paul’s Letter to American Christians
- A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations
- Give Us the Ballot
- Beyond Vietnam
- Speech at the Great March on Detroit
- MIA Mass Meeting at Holt Street Baptist Church
- Eulogy for the Martyred Children
- Our God Is Marching On
Although not an official site, DrMartinLutherKingJr.com has a reasonably complete selection of Luther’s speeches in both audio and text. It’s a good place to spend some time.
As we stand on the cusp of Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first African American President of the United States, it’s possible to say we have made progress on letting go of racism in this country. The journey is not complete, but it is, perhaps, well started.
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