The Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.
Remembering Key Addresses, Sermons by the Civil Rights Leader

ListenListen to an excerpt of King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, delivered Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington.

Martin Luther King speaks at the Lincoln Memorial

The Rev. Martin Luther King, speaking at the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963.
Credit: National Archives

videoWatch part of the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

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:

moreJune 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.

moreFeb. 28, 2003: Pacifica Radio tries to preserve recordings of King and other civic rights leaders.

moreJan. 20, 2003: NPR's Tavis Smiley presents a montage of King speeches.

moreJan. 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.

moreJan. 15, 2002: The Tavis Smiley Show offers an excerpt from King's 1964 acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize.

moreJan. 21, 2002: Morning Edition pays homage to King, excerpting a May 1963 speech he delivered in Birmingham entitled 'Keep on Moving.'

moreApril 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.

moreJan. 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.

moreFeb. 13, 1999: Hear excerpts of King's 1958 speech at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.

moreAug. 23, 1998: Hear excerpts from a 1954 King sermon, 'Rediscovering Lost Values.'

In Depth

moreFollow NPR coverage of the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Other Resources

  • Hear excerpts of King's speeches and sermons, archived by the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.

  • 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.