The Writings Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a renowned orator, organizer, and writer. His numerous speeches, sermons, letters, and books inspired millions to join in the fight for equality and justice. 

During his life, King authored five books: Strength to Love, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, The Trumpet of Conscience, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, and Why We Can’t Wait

Dr. King’s timeless teachings still have a pronounced effect on the generations that have come after him, and many of the social dilemmas he wrote about are still being worked through today. 

His Letter From A Birmingham Jail was written in 1963. In the open letter, King offered reflection on the movement at hand. 

His famous “I Have A Dream” speech was actually improvised towards the end, highlighting his oration prowess and storytelling.

King, who was ordained in ministry at the age of 19, delivered what would be his final Sunday sermon at the Washington Cathedral on March 31, 1968. 

The day before he was assassinated, Dr. King gave his final speech “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” in Memphis, Tennessee, which powerful words encouraged the fight to continue.

“And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land,” King said.

A collection of King’s writings and other audio artifacts are maintained by The King Center

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