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LearnOutLoud.com is very pleased to present this resource of audio and video titles about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because Dr. King was such a great orator, his ideas are best experienced through the many speeches and sermons he gave throughout his lifetime. His speeches serve as milestones in the civil rights movement, and their passionate cry for social and racial justice is just as relevant today as it was in King's lifetime.

The best collections of Dr. King's speeches and sermons come from Time Warner Audiobooks with their three titles: "A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.", "A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.", and "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.".

To experience Dr. King as a preacher listen to "A Knock at Midnight" which features 8 hours of original recordings of his sermons. For those interested in the history of the civil rights movement, "A Call to Conscience" features original recordings of historical speeches he gave in chronological order from his "The Birth of a New Nation" that ignited the civil rights movement to his "I Have a Dream" speech and finally to his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech delivered the night before his assassination. "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr." is an audio book assembled from his own writings about his life and it is also interspersed with many original recordings of him speaking.

We feature a few free downloadable speeches delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. American Rhetoric offers three free speeches of Dr. King's: his "I Have a Dream" speech, his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, and excerpts of his final "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. American Rhetoric also offers Robert F. Kennedy's "Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr." delivered on the day of King's assassination. We also feature a show from the radio program Democracy Now entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968" which features excerpts from three of his speeches.

There are numerous audio book biographies of Dr. King. The most comprehensive biography which also covers the history of the civil rights movement is Taylor Branch's 3-volume history "America in the King Years". The three titles are put out by Simon & Schuster starting with "Parting the Waters" covering 1954-63, then "Pillar of Fire" covering 1963-65, and finally "At Canaan's Edge" which covers the years 1965-68.

For those looking to derive wisdom from King's leadership we feature an abridged and unabridged version of the audio book "Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership: Inspiration and Wisdom for Challenging Times".

There have also many documentaries made on Martin Luther King, Jr. and we'd like to mention a few. PBS has produced two documentaries on King: "Citizen King" which explore the last five years of King's life and "In Remembrance of Martin" in which King's family members and friends share personal reflections on Dr. King. For those primarily interested with King's "I Have a Dream" speech there's the documentary "Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream" which covers the 1963 March on Washington and the speech that King gave there.

Along with these titles there are numerous other ones about Dr. King listed below. We hope all these speeches, audio books, and videos will call you to action in the struggle for social justice, racial equality, and nonviolence throughout our world.

Titles on this Topic

African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle
 
African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle
by Clayborne Carson

This course introduces the viewer to African-American history, with particular emphasis on the political thought and protest movements of the period after 1930...
April 4, 1968
April 4, 1968
by Michael Eric Dyson

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., the prophet for racial and economic justice in America, was fatally shot. Only hours earlier, he had ended his final public speech by promising that “we as a people will get to the Promised Land.”
At Canaan's Edge
At Canaan's Edge
by Taylor Branch

At Canaan's Edge concludes America in the King Years, a three-volume history that will endure as a masterpiece of storytelling on American race, violence, and democracy.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform?
Beyond Vietnam
 
Beyond Vietnam
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately, the world will be left with no other alternative..."
BMA: Black Media Archive Podcast
BMA: Black Media Archive Podcast
by Malcolm X

The Black Media Archive is a multi-media collection of African and African-American history, including speeches, archival video, movies, music, and more. It exists as a central resource of Black history in multi-media formats.
A Call to Conscience
A Call to Conscience
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

His speeches stirred a generation to change - and outlined a practical way to economic freedom and true democracy. His words would help bring about the end of a brutally unequal system...
The Concise King
The Concise King
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the first time, an edition of Martin Luther King's most important speeches and selected sermons are assembled and available on CD as a value-priced edition.
Conscience for Change
 
Conscience for Change
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Conscience for Change features five lectures that Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered in November and December 1967 for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Massey Lectures.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visits Grace Cathedral
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visits Grace Cathedral
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1965, as a part of the Festival of Grace, celebrating the 1964 completion and consecration of Grace Cathedral, Bishop James Pike invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to visit and preach at Grace Cathedral.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective

An hour-long documentary that concentrates on the Civil Rights leader's many groundbreaking accomplishments.
The Everything Martin Luther King, Jr. Book
The Everything Martin Luther King, Jr. Book
by Jessica McElrath

Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most inspirational figures in American history. From his march on Washington to his time in a Birmingham jail, King's life and work continue to have a profound effect on our nation.
I Have a Dream
 
I Have a Dream
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I've Been to the Mountaintop
 
I've Been to the Mountaintop
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

"And so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!"
In Remembrance of Martin
 
In Remembrance of Martin

Family members, friends, former classmates and advisors of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. relate their memories of the civil rights activist in this moving documentary.
King for Kids
King for Kids
by Clayborne Carson

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is known for being one of the greatest orators of the 20th Century, and perhaps in all of American history.
A Knock at Midnight
A Knock at Midnight
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader and visionary of the civil rights movement, was first and foremost a preacher...
Martin Luther King Jr.: We Shall Overcome
Martin Luther King Jr.: We Shall Overcome
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Encompasses the most moving moments in American social history with the extraordinary civil rights leader.
Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication
 
Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication
by Barack Obama

At the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the national mall, participants spoke about the legacy of the Reverend King and the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King National Memorial Foundation Groundbreaking Ceremony
Martin Luther King National Memorial Foundation Groundbreaking Ceremony
by Maya Angelou

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial along the Tidal Basin near the Lincoln Memorial, participants spoke about the legacy of Reverend King and the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King Speeches and Sermons from the King Institute
 
Martin Luther King Speeches and Sermons from the King Institute
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Building upon the achievements of Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project, the King Research and Education Institute provides an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Marshall Frady

An analytical, sometimes revisionist, succinct biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Foreign Policy
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Foreign Policy
by Clayborne Carson

Professor Carson spoke about Dr. King's attitudes toward Western philosophical universal ideals, such as democracy and freedom.
Martin Luther King, Jr. On Leadership
Martin Luther King, Jr. On Leadership
by Donald T. Phillips

What does it mean to be a leader? How does an individual create an unstoppable organization?
Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream
 
Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King spoke these words as he addressed a crowd of more than 200,000 civil rights protesters gathered at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set
Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

This definitive box set includes all the landmark speeches of the great orator and American leader Martin Luther King, Jr., from his inspirational "I Have a Dream" to his fiery "Give Us the Ballot."
Meeting Hate with Love
Meeting Hate with Love
by Arun Gandhi

Two segments that assess the legacy of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., utilizing archive recordings and interviews with colleagues and relatives.
MLK: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Tapes
MLK: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Tapes
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

This historical compilation of Martin Luther King, Jr. features live recordings of "The Great March To Freedom," "The Great March To Washington" and the immortal "Free At Last" speech.
The New Negro
 
The New Negro
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Television show "The Open Mind" in 1957 with guests Martin Luther King and J. Waties Waring on the theme of race.
Parting the Waters
Parting the Waters
by Taylor Branch

This audio adaptation focuses primarily on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the key moments that defined his rise to the forefront of the civil rights movement...
Pillar of Fire
Pillar of Fire
by Taylor Branch

In Pillar of Fire, the second volume of his America in the King Years trilogy, Taylor Branch portrays the civil rights era at its zenith. The first volume...
Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Robert F. Kennedy

"Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Am a Drum Major for Justice"
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

A sermon by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in which he raises several themes including how he wishes to be remembered

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