The world saw him as a marching protest leader, but Martin Luther King Jr., was first and foremost a heart. He once remarked, “I am fundamentally a clergy man, a Baptist preacher,” King saw his religious identity as his “being” and “heritage,” his inheritance as the “son of a Baptist preacher, the grandson of a Baptist preacher, and the great-grandson of a Baptist preacher.” King’s own ancestors were powerful preachers who were dedicated to challenging the status quo. His great-grandfather Willis Williams began preaching in antebellum Georgia and witnessed the emergence of independent black Baptist congregations after the Civil War. In 1894 his grandfather A.D. Willaims accepted the call to a small, struggling congregation in Atlanta, and under his leadership Ebenezer Baptist Church became bedrock of the thriving Auburn Avenue community. In 1895 the Reverend Williams was among the founders of the National Baptist Convention the largest African-American organization. After William’s death in 1931, his widow, Jennie Celeste Parks Williams, used her influence to ensure that her son-in-law became Ebenezer’s new pastor. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. (widely known later as “Daddy King”) guided the church during the difficult years of the Great Depression and would in time become even more prominent than father-in-law in national Baptist circles. From the time of his birth in 1929 until his death in 1968, Ebenezer was often at the center of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s world.
 Before Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream with the world, he was preaching it from the pulpit of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Known throughout the world as a leader and a visionary in the civil right movement, Reverend King Jr. was first and foremost a preacher.
A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT is a collection of eleven of his powerful sermon, each introduced by a distinguished member of today’s spiritual community, including Reverend Billy Graham and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. stirred listeners everywhere, inspiring them to the extraordinary acts of courage and perseverance that ignited one of the most influential moments of the twentieth century.
“……………arguably the greatest public speaker of our time, King could lead his audiences through complex and profound thought processes………….he turned politics into an aspect of the American sublime”
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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