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Speeches
of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
.

The words and sounds of Dr. King can be discovered in this section.

What influenced Dr. King's Dream? Who has Dr. King influenced? Will you be next when you Capture The Dream!

Discover the words written by Dr. King in the Birmingham Jail, see and hear the sights and sounds that Dr. King saw and heard. But we have not stopped there! Read the same words from Henry David Thoreau that Dr. King read in his studies. Read the text of the Brown v. Board decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954.

May 13, 1944
"The Negro And The Constitution"

Elks oratorical contest
reprinted in The Cornellian, Booker T. Washington High School
Atlanta, Georgia


February 28, 1954
"Rediscovering Lost Values"

Second Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan


December 5, 1955
Montgomery Improvement Association Mass Meeting

Holt Street Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama


March 18, 1956
"When Peace Becomes Obnoxious"

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

March 22, 1956
Montgomery Improvement Association Mass Meeting
Holt Street Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

April 26, 1956
Montgomery Improvement Association Mass Meeting

Day Street Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

May 17, 1956
"The Death Of Evil Upon The Seashore"

Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
New York, New York

June 27, 1956
"The Montgomery Story"
Forty-seventh Annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention
San Francisco Civic Auditorium
San Francisco, California

July 23, 1956
"Non-Aggression Procedures To Interracial Harmony"

American Baptist Assembly And American Home Mission Agencies Conference Green Lake, Wisconsin

November 4, 1956
"Paul's Letter To American Christians"

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

November 14, 1956
Montgomery Improvement Association Mass Meeting

Holt Street Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

December 3, 1956
"Facing The Challenge Of A New Age"

First Annual Institute On Nonviolence and Social Change
Holt Street Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

December 15, 1956
"Desegregation And The Future"

Annual Luncheon Of The National Committee for Rural Schools
Commodore Hotel
New York, New York

December 20, 1956
"Ending The Montgomery Bus Boycott"


Holt Street and First Baptist Churches
Montgomery, Alabama

January 1, 1957
"Facing The Challenge Of A New Age"


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Emancipation Day Rally
Big Bethel AME Church
Atlanta, Georgia

January 13, 1957
"The Ways Of God In The Midst Of Glaring Evil"


Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

January 14, 1957
Montgomery Improvement Association Mass Meeting


Bethel Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

April 7, 1957
"The Birth Of A New Nation"


Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

April 10, 1957
"A Realistic Look At The Question Of Progress In The Areas Of Race Relations"

St. Louis Freedom Rally
St. Louis, Missouri

May 17, 1957
"Give Us The Ballot"

Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom
Washington, DC

June 28, 1957
"Remarks In Acceptance Of The Forty-Second Spingarn Medal"

Forty-Eight Annual Convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Detroit, Michigan

July 18, 1957
"Invocation"

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Crusade New York, New York

August 11, 1957
"Conquering Self-Centeredness"

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

September 2, 1957
"A Look To The Future"

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Highlander Folk School
Monteagle, Tennessee

October 27, 1957
"Things That Are God's"

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

November 17, 1957
"Loving Your Enemies"
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

December 5, 1957
"Some Things We Must Do"

Second Annual Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change
Holt Street Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

February 12, 1958
"Launching Of The SCLC Crusade For Citizenship "

Greater Bethel AME Church
Miami, Florida

April 6, 1958
"Prayer Pilgrimage Protesting The Electrocution Of Jeremiah Reeves"

Alabama State Capital
Montgomery, Alabama

May 14, 1958
"Address At The National Biennial Convention Of The American Jewish Congress"

Miami Beach, Florida

October 25, 1958
"Youth March For Integrated Schools"

Delivered by Coretta Scott King
Washington, DC

June 23, 1963
"Speech At The Great March On Detroit"

Cobo Hall
Detroit, Michigan

August 28, 1963
"I Have a Dream"

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March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom Lincoln Memorial Washington, DC

September 18, 1963
"Eulogy For Carol Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, And Cynthia Diane Wesley"

Sixth Avenue Baptist Church
Birmingham, Alabama

December 10, 1964
"Acceptance Speech "


Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony Oslo, Norway

March 25, 1965
"Our God Is Marching On!"


Steps of the Alabama State Capital Building Montgomery, Alabama

July 4, 1965
"The American Dream"

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia


June 5, 1966
"Guidelines For A Constructive Church"

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia


April 4, 1967
"Beyond Vietnam"

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delivered to the Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam
Riverside Church New York, New York

April 9, 1967
"The Three Dimensions Of A Complete Life"

New Covenant Baptist Church
Chicago, Illinois


August 16, 1967
"Where Do We Go From Here?"

Annual Report of the Eleventh Annual Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Atlanta, Georgia

August 27, 1967
"Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool"

Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church
Chicago, Illinois

February 4, 1968
"The Drum Major Instinct"

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia

March 3, 1968
"Unfulfilled Dreams"

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia


March 31, 1968
"Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution"

National Cathedral
Washington, DC

April 3, 1968
"I've Been To The Mountaintop"

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Bishop Charles Mason Temple
Memphis, Tennessee

Did You Know?

Dr. King Delivering I Have Dream Speech

August 28, 1963. The largest protest demonstration in U.S. history occurred at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where 250,000 blacks and whites gathered to lobby for passage of sweeping civil rights measures by Congress. Dr. King thrilled the crowd with his "I Have A Dream" oration.