The Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.
Remembering Key Addresses, Sermons by the Civil Rights Leader
Listen to an excerpt of King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, delivered Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington.
The Rev. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech" marked the highlight of the 1963 March on Washington. Explore NPR coverage of some of the civil rights leader's other speeches and sermons:
Hear excerpts of King's speeches and sermons, archived by the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.
June 25, 2003: Commentator Michael Eric Dyson talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about the 'I Have a Dream' speech, which King delivered for the first time on June 28, 1963, in Detroit.
Feb. 28, 2003: Pacifica Radio tries to preserve recordings of King and other civic rights leaders.
Jan. 20, 2003: NPR's Tavis Smiley presents a montage of King speeches.
Jan. 21, 2002: The Tavis Smiley Show remembers King's speech 'Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,' which he delivered at Riverside Church in New York City in April 1967.
Jan. 15, 2002: The Tavis Smiley Show offers an excerpt from King's 1964 acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jan. 21, 2002: Morning Edition pays homage to King, excerpting a May 1963 speech he delivered in Birmingham entitled 'Keep on Moving.'
April 27, 2001: Morning Edition reports on a recently discovered tape of King's 1965 eulogy in Selma, Ala., for a minister killed protesting police brutality.
Jan. 15, 2001: Hear a Fresh Air interview with historian Clayborne Carson, director of Stanford University's King Papers Project, about a collection of King speeches delivered at turning points in the civil rights movement.
Feb. 13, 1999: Hear excerpts of King's 1958 speech at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.
Aug. 23, 1998: Hear excerpts from a 1954 King sermon, 'Rediscovering Lost Values.'
Follow NPR coverage of the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Read the text of King's 'I Have a Dream' speech. (Adobe Acrobat required)
Learn more about the civil rights leader's legacy at the King Center in Atlanta.