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Martin Luther King, Jr. – I Have a Dream

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I post here the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon of light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

Bob Jones, Sr. – Is Segregation Scriptural?

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, Bob Jones, Sr. preached this sermon. He was reacting to Billy Graham’s recent trip to Africa where he held integrated meetings and spoke out against apartheid. On that Good Friday of 1960, Billy Graham released a statement urging Southern clergy toward racial reconciliation. Bob Jones preached this sermon in response to that.

Bob Jones Sr
Bob Jones, Sr.

NOTE: I must admit up front that I am a graduate of Bob Jones University, and yet I absolutely hate this sermon. It is not based on Scripture; it has horrible theology; it is ignorant; it lacks a correct understanding of history; it rambles and repeats — it has to be one of my top “worst sermons ever.” And to think he used an Easter Sunday to preach this. I hate having this on my blog, and my stomach churned while typing it, but I don’t want people to lose sight of this sermon and the horrible racist history of Bob Jones University.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Letter from a Birmingham Jail

I am posting today the content from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” both because I want to honor him by sharing his message, and because I personally learn best by retyping content.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

16 April 1963

My Dear Fellow Clergymen:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.