Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set: The Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Clayborne Carson, Kris Shepard, Peter Holloran, Martin Luther King Jr.

89 ratings - 4.61* vote

For the first time ever, twenty-four original recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech to his stirring sermon "A Knock At Midnight," are collected together in this treasured box set. His landmark speeches that echoed around the world and the more intimate sermons from the churches where he carried out his ministry are just as movin For the first time ever, twenty-four original recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from his

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Book details

Audio CD, 0 pages
December 22nd 2009 by Grand Central Publishing

(first published January 15th 2001)

Original Title
A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1600248500 (ISBN13: 9781600248504)

Community Reviews


I listened to this as an audiobook, which is really the way to go, because it features many of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches and sermons as they were originally recorded (live in churches, at rallies, etc.) more than 50 years ago.

This audiobook gave me LIFE. No matter if I was in a bad mood on the way home from work, or needed a pick-me-up any old time, MLK would get me amped. Sometimes sad, sometimes elated, sometimes indignant-- but always motivated. The introductions by various pastors, actors, activists, and other people of note are also amazing. They pack a ton of history into this book.

MLK was a prophet and being able to listen to his voice and his words truly felt like a gift. I will definitely be listening to this many times over.

Casey Taylor

Phenomenal. You can read about King, you can read King, or you can hear King. There's no substitute for the latter. To hear his words in his voice is irreplaceable. Highly recommended.


While MLK was first a preacher, his Biblical texts almost always turn to social justice. Hearing his passion toward helping people heightened my conviction to do more. His martyred life even before his martyr's death understandably turned almost always turned texts, which I had read spiritually with a view to eternity, with an application socially with a view to the practical here and now. Exegetically he misses the mark but not accidentally nor ignorantly. He intentionally applies his texts using his intellect and his identification with his audience to undergird God's timeless truth to timely issues.


My favorite speeches: I've Been to the Mountaintop and I Have a Dream


For the last four days I’ve listened to this in every spare moment. I have laughed, cried, been humbled, been taught, and a whole lot of inspiration.

“No matter where you are you are today, somebody helped you get there.” ~~MLK

We are NOT alone.

It really is amazing we have so much audio of this clearly brilliant man. I am embarrassed to admit I have never listened to one of his speeches in its entirety, only in bits and pieces. I was positively mesmerized by his cadence, tone, thought process, analogies, comparisons, testimony, knowledge, etc.

I knew he was something - but oh my he is so more than something. He is gifted beyond his years. He is blessed so fully and completely in understanding being human and frail in a very non-frail world.

I can easily see why he had such a devoted and passionate following. I can see why he still has a devoted and passionate following, and still has the ability to change hearts and lives. He has changed mine.


Glad I skipped past the first very-hard-to-hear recording, and listened through the rest. AMAZING set of speeches, even his earlier ones where he's just preaching to other preachers. Unbelievable our country was at this point a century after the Emancipation Proclamation - and pitiful that even now another half century after MLK and the '60s civil rights protests, we still don't seem to making much progress....

Nathan Hoyt

What an orator, but even more what a leader. What more can be said.

I was surprised just how much of his speeches were sermons. I am puzzled why I didn't realize that before listening to this set of sermons.

The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 stars is a desire I have to have a bit more of the history surrounding the speeches.


I stumbled across an audio version not knowing it was actually recordings of King himself. While he regularly spoke to the issues of his day, it’s troubling that his words still hit the mark on modern issues 50 years after his death. And hearing it in his own words and delivery was an other-worldly experience. I’ll be listening to this again and again until we have reached the promise land.

Brenda Rae

"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything which stands against love."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


I listened to the audiobook and that is how you MUST do it. Dr. King is an amazing orator and riveting preacher. While I had heard a few of his most famous speeches over my life, hearing them all in a few days was amazing. I was also impressed that a number of themes and allusions recurred in many of his speeches. Also impressive was the man's great intellect and schooling. As these were based on recordings made during the 1960s some of the quality is not what we are used to today. The first speech had the worst quality so stick to it and you will not be disappointed.