Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Knock at Midnight

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A Knock at Midnight

Martin Luther King, Jr.

With fiery words of hope, wisdom, and a passion for justice that resonate as much today as they did years ago, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., stirred the deepest convictions of listeners everywhere, inspiring them to extraordinary acts of courage and perseverance that ignited one of the most influential movements of the twentieth century.

A Knock at Midnight is the definitive collection of eleven of Dr. King's most powerful and spiritual sermons, moving and meaningful words to live by for everyone. Compiled by Stanford historian Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of the King Papers Project, and by contributing editor Peter Holloran, this volume covers the full range of Dr. King's preaching career, from the earliest known audio recording of King preaching to his last sermon, delivered just days before his assassination.

Especially featured are the title sermon, among Dr. King's favorite and most challenging, and seven sermons never before seen in print. A Knock at Midnight also includes eleven important introductions by some of the renowned ministers and theologians of our time: Reverend Billy Graham, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Bishop T. J. Jakes, among others. Here they share their personal reflections on the sermons and firsthand accounts of the events surrounding their delivery.

With humor, insight, and a fierce and unstoppable desire for equality, as well as deeply felt compassion, A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT is Dr. King's voice today. It stands as one of his enduring legacies … and a resounding call to the soul. It not only reveals words that shaped our history, but lives and breathes with an urgency and relevance that inspires the greatness in us all. "I am convinced that Martin's faith in the precious, embracing, amazing love of God was rewarded… Several years after his death I saw my friend in a dream. 'It's all right, Vincent. It is well with my soul.' Somehow that message seemed large enough for me, for all of us, forever."

The individual chapters of this book are available free of charge in web page or pdf format by clicking on the chapter titles below.  We gratefully acknowledge the King family and The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University for making this work available to the public.

Contents:  (available online — click title)

28 February 1954
Rediscovering Lost Values
4 November 1956
Paul's Letter to American Christians
17 November 1957
Loving Your Enemies
A Knock at Midnight
4 July 1965
The American Dream
5 June 1966
Guidelines for a Constructive Church
9 April 1967
The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life
27 August 1967
Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool
4 February 1968
The Drum Major Instinct
3 March 1968
Unfulfilled Dreams
31 March 1968
Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution



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