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Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his contribution to the African American civil rights movement in the United States. Born Michael King, Jr. on January 15, 1929, King was the son of a reverend and a former teacher. The future activist was skeptical about Christianity from an early age. Despite his doubts about his own faith, King went on to graduate from Crozer Theological Seminary and became a Baptist minister when he was twenty-five, practicing public speaking skills that would eventually make him one of America's greatest orators.

By the same time, King was working as an executive committee member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Having grown up in a segregated environment, King was already aware of the disparity in civil rights for African Americans. He took a stand against segregation in 1955, by leading the first nonviolent Negro demonstration - a bus boycott that resulted in a law that prevented segregation on public transportation. The next year, King was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and began to write and deliver speeches across the United States and the world.

While he took the ideals for his organization and mission from Christianity, King was drawn to the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The Indian leader's philosophy proposed that non-violent resistance was the best way to promote social change. King agreed, leading numerous non-violent protests for civil rights in the United States. Despite being arrested, harassed, and having his home bombed, King continued leading the civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968.

To learn more about the life of the man who would become the world's youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, there is The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., which contains King's own writings and speeches on his life and is available as an audio download or audio CD. If you're interested King's historic speeches, A Call to Conscience is a collection of 12 of the great orator's original recordings of some of the most significant speeches he made, available as an MP3 download. A worthwhile introductory audio book is The Concise King, which includes 2 hours of notable speeches and sermons from this historic civil rights leader.

And for our ultimate resource on Dr. King which contains audio books about him and much more we urge you to check out our article: MLK Out Loud.

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He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform?

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"If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately, the world will be left with no other alternative..."

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Birth of a New Nation is a selection from A Call to Conscience....

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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.

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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...

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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.

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At the time of this broadcast, Dr. Martin Luther King was co-pastor, with his father, of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and president and one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This lecture has not been heard since 1967.

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"In the early 1960s, King focused his challenge on legalized racial discrimination in the South where police dogs and bullwhips and cattle prods were used against Southern blacks seeking the right to vote or to eat at a public lunch counter."

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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.

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This is a compilation of highlights of some of the most well-known speeches of modern times, spanning the years of 1940-1987.

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