Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King in my estimation was one of the greatest men that America ever produced.  To celebrate his legacy and life I listened to three of his speeches.  They ring true today as they did back then.  You may have heard bits and pieces or you may have heard them in their entirety.  But, like a good book they are worth listening to them again.  If you can set aside some time to just listen and keep an open mind.

Racial equality and an end to discrimination speech "I Have a Dream" delivered 28 August 1963.
Hear or read it here.

Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence delivered 4 April 1967.  Hear or read it here.

"I've Been to the Mountaintop"  delivered 3 April 1968 the night before he was assassinated.  He was in Memphis, Tennessee in support of the Sanitation workers on strike.  Hear or read it here.


  1. Interestingly enough, Martin Luther King is the only man whose birthday is a national holiday in the US. It used to be that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln had separate holidays devoted to them, but when MLK day was established, the two presidents' birthdays were consolidated into one holiday called Presidents Day.

  2. Interesting observation. Thanks for that insight.