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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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I still have a dream that one day all of God’s children will have food and clothing and material well-being for their bodies, culture, and education for their minds, and freedom for their spirits.

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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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"The Casualties of the War in Vietnam" Address delivered at the Nation Institute on February 25, 1967 in Los Angeles, CA.

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On Christmas Eve 1967, Dr. King delivered this sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as co-pastor.

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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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In the Massey lecture, "Conscience and the Vietnam War," is a close parallel to the "Beyond Vietnam" speech that King gave at New York City’s Riverside Church in April 1967, in opposition to the war.

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