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Who influenced Dr. King and his writings. Discover the writings of Henry David Thoreau in four essays that Dr. King read in his studies. Read the transcript of the Brown v. Board of Education decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954. Now it's time to discover the words of Dr. King.

The links below that will help you discover the sermons, speeches, and writings of Dr. King will take to one of two sites. The image links will take you to The King Center's Digital Archive site. Here you will see actual images of original documents. The text links will take you to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.

The Words of Dr. King

The Negro And The Constitution - image | text
May 13, 1944
Elks oratorical contest
reprinted in The Cornellian, Booker T. Washington High School
Atlanta, Georgia



Rediscovering Lost Values
image | text
February 28, 1954
Second Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan



Montgomery Improvement Association Mass Meeting
image | text

December 5, 1955
Holt Street Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama



When Peace Becomes Obnoxious
image | text
March 18, 1956
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


The Death Of Evil Upon The Seashore
May 17, 1956
Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
New York, New York

June 27, 1956
"The Montgomery Story"

47th Annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention
San Francisco Civic Auditorium
San Francisco, California


Non-Aggression Procedures To Interracial Harmony
image | text
July 23, 1956
American Baptist Assembly And American Home Mission Agencies Conference
Green Lake, Wisconsin


Paul's Letter To American Christians
image | text
November 4, 1956
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


Desegregation And The Future
image | text
December 15, 1956
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

The Birth Of A New Nation
image | text

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

Give Us The Ballot
image | text

May 17, 1957
Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom
Washington, DC

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

48th 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

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"

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


The Three Dimensions Of A Complete Life - image | text
April 9, 1967
New Covenant Baptist Church
Chicago, Illinois
Dr. King states that the key to an extended and fulfilling life is to live a life that is "three dimensional." He further identifies these dimensions as: "length, breadth and height."

Where Do We Go From Here? - image | text
August 16, 1967
Delivered at the 10th Anniversary Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Atlanta, Georgia


Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool - image | text
August 27, 1967
Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church
Chicago, Illinois

1968

The Drum Major Instinct
image | text
Sunday, February 4, 1968
The Drum Major Instinct, a sermon delivered by Dr. King at the Atlanta Ebenezer Baptist Church, frames the "instinct" as being responsible for the social ills of the world.


Unfulfilled Dreams - image | text
March 3, 1968
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia



Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution
Monday, June 14, 1965
Dr. King delivers the commencement address at Oberlin College in Ohio on June 14, 1965. Nothing is more tragic, he says, than sleeping through a significant period of social change by failing to adopt the new mental attitudes that the new situation demands.

I've Been To The Mountaintop - image | text
Wednesday, April 3, 1968
Memphis, Tennessee
Dr. King gave this address at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee the night before he was assassinated. He called for nonviolent protest and a boycott of Memphis area businesses in support of the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike.

Bishop Charles Mason Temple
Memphis, Tennessee

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