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April 30, 2017

35 Speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. on Audio & Video

In recent years many of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches have been made available for free on audio & video from The King Institute at Stanford and The King Center in Atlanta. In this post we'll feature 35 prominent speeches and sermons that Dr. King delivered in his lifetime that are available to listen to for free on audio & video.

You can browse all of the speeches and sermons of Dr. King that we feature on his author page, along with some audio books of his speeches and some interviews he did:

35 Free Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Audio & Video

We'll start off by featuring some of Dr. King's most famous speeches that we've featured in the past:

I Have a Dream Speech (August 28th, 1963)

Delivered on August 28th, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King's passionate call for justice and equality was the battle cry for the Civil Rights Movement in America. The 17-minute speech called for an end to racism in the United States during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement.

I've Been to the Mountaintop Speech (April 3rd, 1968)

On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. The night before he was assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his prophetic "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. In this stirring speech Dr. King looks back on his life and is thankful for all the positive changes in civil rights that occurred in his lifetime, and he is grateful to have lived in the second half of the 20th century when masses of people all over the world were standing up for freedom and human rights.

Letter from Birmingham Jail: Dramatic Reading (April 16, 1963)

Watch a free dramatized version of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail". Written 40 years ago on April 16, 1963, Dr. King wrote this while in jail in response to a statement by 8 white clergymen who argued that the battle against segregation should be fought in the courts, and not in the streets. In his letter, Dr. King argues for nonviolent direct action in response to unjust laws. The letter contains many great quotes including "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" and "Justice too long delayed is justice denied". This special 1-hour video is a recording from the University of Texas at Austin filmed in an old Georgetown, Texas, jail sitting in for Birmingham in 1963, with actor Corey Jones playing Dr. King.

Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony (December 10, 1964)

Listen to this brief yet powerful speech that Dr. King delivered upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. In the speech Dr. King talks of the ongoing "creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice" in the United States which by that time had led to the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. And King speaks of his hope that "mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed and join together in brotherhood."

A Knock at Midnight Sermon (June 11, 1967)

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "A Knock at Midnight" sermon was delivered on June 11, 1967. It is one of his most famous sermons where he relates the parable Jesus told of a man who knocks at midnight for three loaves of bread. Dr. King extends the meaning of "midnight" to regard his time in 1967 as midnight in the social order, the psychological order, and the spiritual order. He encourages the church to offer "bread" to those in need both in a real sense and in a spiritual sense. It's a powerful sermon delivered 50 years ago, but still very relevant today. It is available on streaming audio from the King Institute and on streaming video from YouTube.

The Drum Major Instinct Sermon (February 4, 1968)

Listen to this inspiring sermon from Martin Luther King, Jr. In this speech, delivered in the year he was assassinated, Dr. King looks back on his life and hopes he will be remembered as a "Drum Major for Justice". King sees the importance in the "drum major instinct" that drives us to lead and be recognized, but points out through Christ's teachings that the greatest leaders are those who serve others and put justice before their own gain.

Now we'll give you a list all of the speeches including many new ones we've recently added to our LearnOutLoud.com Free Audio & Video Directory. The King Institute offers text and streaming audio of many of Dr. King's most famous speeches. They are available through a Flash player on their site so if you're on an iPhone or iPad the flash player won't show up. But no need to worry we've also embedded video of all of these speeches from YouTube. Also The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change has uploaded many of Dr. King's speeches to its YouTube channel in the past year and we've now added many of these to our site.

Here they all are in order of when they were delivered:

Rediscovering Lost Values (February 28, 1954)

Paul's Letter to American Christians (November 11, 1956)

Birth of a New Nation (April 7, 1957)

Give Us the Ballot (May 17, 1957)

Loving Your Enemies (November 17, 1957)

Letter from Birmingham Jail: Dramatic Reading (April 16, 1963)

Speech at the Great March on Detroit (June 23, 1963)

I Have a Dream (August 28th, 1963)

Eulogy for the Martyred Children (September 18, 1963)

Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony (December 10, 1964)

The Quest for Peace and Justice: 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture (December 11, 1964)

How Long, Not Long: Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March (March 25, 1965)

Creative Maladjustment (April 27, 1965)

The American Dream (July 4, 1965)

Free at Last (February 10, 1966)

Guidelines for a Constructive Church (June 5, 1966)

The Casualties of the War in Vietnam (February 25, 1967)

Beyond Vietnam (April 4, 1967)

The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life (April 9, 1967)

A Knock at Midnight (June 11, 1967)

Where Do We Go from Here? (August 16, 1967)

Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool (August 27, 1967)

The Three Evils of Society (August 31, 1967)

What is Your Life's Blueprint? (October 26, 1967)

The Drum Major Instinct (February 4, 1968)

Unfulfilled Dreams (March 3, 1968)

The Other America (March 14, 1968)

Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution (March 31, 1968)

I've Been to the Mountaintop (April 3, 1968)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center is also featuring the 1967 CBC Massey Lectures that Dr. King delivered on their YouTube channel:

Conscience for Change: The 1967 CBC Massey Lectures

1. Impasse in Race Relations

2. Conscience and the Vietnam War

3. Youth and Social Action

4. Nonviolence and Social Change

5. A Christmas Sermon on Peace (December 24, 1967)

We do feature a number of other audio & video titles from Dr. King on his author page. Check them all out here:

Over 50 Martin Luther King, Jr. Audio & Video Titles

And for our comprehensive collection of audio & video resources about Dr. King check out:

MLK Out Loud Audio & Video Resources


April 29, 2017

60 Free Language Learning Programs on Spotify

Long ago the publisher Penton Overseas and their many language learning programs disappeared, but they've now been re-published and are available for free on streaming audio on Spotify. You listen to over 60 of their language learning programs including their popular Learn In Your Car series.

Browse Over 60 Free Language Learning Programs from Penton Overseas

The Learn In Your Car programs are digestible language tutorials offered in 3 step-by-step levels that you can listen to wherever you are, and they run 3 hours in length. They are also offering their Vocabulearn series which presents vocabulary words that will beef up the building blocks of the language you are trying to learn. The Vocabulearn programs run about 3 hours as well. Here are some of their most popular language learning titles:

Learn in Your Car Series:

Learn in Your Car: French, Level 1

Learn in Your Car: German, Level 1

Learn in Your Car: Italian, Level 1

Learn in Your Car: Japanese, Level 1

Learn in Your Car: Mandarin Chinese, Level 1

Learn in Your Car: Russian, Level 1

Learn in Your Car: Spanish, Level 1

Aprenda En Su Auto: Ingles, Nivel Uno (English for Spanish Speakers)

Vocabulearn Series:

Vocabulearn: Arabic Level 1

Vocabulearn: French Level 1

Vocabulearn: Hebrew Level 1

VocabuLearn: Korean, Level 1

VocabuLearn: Polish, Level 1

VocabuLearn: Portuguese, Level 1

Vocabulearn: Spanish Level 1

VocabuLearn: Swahili, Level 1

VocabuLearn: Swedish, Level 1

VocabuLearn: Vietnamese, Level 1

And there are many more courses to choose from, many of which are at higher skill levels:

Browse Over 60 Free Language Learning Courses from Penton Overseas

Please Note: In order to listen to these audio programs you'll need a free Spotify account. You can listen for free with occasional ads and they also have Spotify software for easier listening on your computer or smart phone. If you want to listen ad-free and you love music as well, we can't recommend Spotify Premium highly enough.


April 12, 2017

Over 50 Free Great Courses Lectures

In recent months The Great Courses has added over 50 free lectures from their latest courses to their YouTube channel. We'll be adding all these free lectures to our Free Audio & Video Directory soon, but for now we've linked to these lectures on YouTube below. We've also put together a YouTube playlist of all these free course lectures:

Over 50 Free Great Courses Lectures on Our YouTube Playlist

Here are over 50 more lectures that The Great Courses are offering through their YouTube channel. We're linking directly to YouTube for these video lectures. We've renamed them according to the name of the lecture in the course:

-Visualizing Extraordinary Ways to Multiply
-Does Technology Make You Stupid?
-How to Grow Anything: Plan the Garden of Your Dreams
-Mind Bending Math: Voting Paradoxes
-Inexplicable Space
-How To Draw: Linear Perspective
-Why You Stress: Arousal and Value Judgment
-A History of British India: Indian and British Economic Interests
-Mind-Body Philosophy: History of the Soul
-Stonehenge and Archaeoastronomy
-Facets of Religion: Divinity and Devotion
-Great Mythologies of the World: Odysseus
-Effective Communication Skills: The Social Context
-Alexander the Great's Impact on the Jews
-Greek 101: The Greek Alphabet & Pronunciation
-Chemistry and Our Universe: Wave Nature of Light
-Robotics: Self-Driving Vehicles
-The Unfolding Ukraine-Russia Crisis
-The Analects of Confucius: A Bird's-Eye View
-The Big History of Civilizations: Origins of Agriculture
-Fisher and Price: The Growth-Stock Investors
-Train Yourself Like a Dog
-The World Was Never the Same: JFK Assassination
-The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction: The Detective
-The Sack of Rome and Augustine's The City of God
-The Power of a Mathematical Picture
-The Ancient Egyptian Alphabet
-Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess
-Napoleon: The Revolutionary Emperor
-Mastering Tai Chi
-How to Stop Worrying and Start Investing
-How to Draw: Proportion
-Three-Dimensional Geometry: Solids
-Basic Structure of the Atom
-English Grammar Boot Camp: Why Do We Care about Grammar?
-The Science of Mindfulness: Who Am I? The Perils of Self
-Roots of Irish Identity: Celts to Monks
-Fundamentals of Photography: Composition
-Religion: Its Meaning and Importance
-An Economic History of the World Since 1400: Introduction
-Engineering and Technology in Your World
-Why America Wrote The Declaration Of Independence
-The Politics and People of The American Revolution
-The Role Women Played in The American Revolution
-The Boston Tea Party as a Turning Point in American History
-The American Revolution: The Most Significant Result of The Enlightenment Period
-Unexpected Economics: Small Choices and Racial Discrimination
-What is the Difference Between Slang and Jargon?
-Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory: Encoding Information with Images
-Papal Elections: Then and Now
-A Tour of Central Turkey

And if you haven't yet, be sure to check out The Great Courses Plus. You can now sign up for a free one month trial on TheGreatCoursesPlus.com. For fans of The Great Courses it's overwhelmingly awesome. You subscribe to The Great Courses Plus, and you can then watch 300 great courses and over 6,000 video lectures as much as you want, whenever you want!

After the initial free month, the price is only $19.99/month now! A bargain considering all the great courses you get access to. And if you sign up for a full year the price breaks down to only $14.99/month. We've gone through their entire catalog and there are so many courses and individual lectures we want to watch. You can browse all these courses by category on their website as well:

Browse Over 300 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus
We've updated a blog post that lays out The Great Courses Plus in more detail and lists all the current courses:

Watch 300 Great Courses on the Great Courses Plus Updated Blog Post