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Martin Luther King Jr. - In His Own Words

January 15, 2021 at 3:42 PM by Brandi Cummings


Baptist minister, Civil Rights Movement leader, activist, orator, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Martin Luther King, Jr. is known worldwide as a champion of freedom, justice, equality, and peace. Dr. King not only authored many books but also masterful speeches and moving letters. Browse the selection below to listen (or read) to some of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most pivotal and moving moments. 

Speeches

I Have a Dream
Delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963. You can read the text of the speech or listen to audio from the Stanford Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute.

The Other America
Delivered at Stanford University, April 14, 1967. You can watch a video from the Stanford Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute.

I’ve been to the Mountaintop
Delivered in Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968, one day before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. You can read the text of the speech or listen to audio from the Stanford Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute.

Letters

Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Written in 1963 to fellow Clergymen, the letter is in response to "A Call for Unity" and is considered a foundational text for the American Civil Rights Movement. You can read the text of the letter or listen to audio from the Stanford Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute. 

Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt 
Written in October 1960 King thanks the former First Lady for serving as a member of the Committee to Defend Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Freedom in the South. You can read the full text of the letter from the Stanford Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute. 

Valentine to Coretta
In 1957 King. sent this Valentine's Day telegram to his wife Coretta. King was in New Orleans attending a planning meeting for what would become the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. You can view the telegram from the Stanford Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute. 

Books

Looking to read books authored by Martin Luther King Jr.? Click here to see all the titles available for you free with your Kenosha Public Library Card.