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By Clayborne Carson

This spouse quantity to "A Knock at nighttime: proposal from the good Sermons of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr". contains the textual content of his so much famous oration, "I Have a Dream", his recognition speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, and "Beyond Vietnam", a robust plea to finish the continuing clash. comprises contributions from Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin, the Dalai Lama, etc.

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Nixon and attorney Fred Gray, asked me if I would be willing to make a test case out of my arrest, with the goal of ending segregation on Montgomery’s buses, and I agreed to cooperate with them. Mrs. Joanne Robinson and other local black women leaders of the Women’s Political Council of our community met on the evening of my arrest and decided to call a boycott to begin on December 5, the day of my trial. I was found guilty of violating a segregation statute and given a suspended sentence, with a ten-dollar fine plus four dollars in court costs.

That’s what it said. Somehow the forces of justice stand on the side of the universe, and that you can’t ultimately trample over God’s children and profit by it. I want to come back to Montgomery now, but I must stop by London for a moment. For London reminds me of something. I never will forget the day we went into London. The next day we started moving around this great city, the only city in the world that is almost as large as New York City. Over eight million people in London, about eight million, three hundred thousand; New York about eight million, five hundred thousand.

Martin never reached the age of forty, being shot by a single rifle bullet just a few months after his thirty-ninth birthday. He always knew that martyrdom was the potential price of challenging America’s version of racial separation. Try though he might, he could not escape the burden of leadership. In 1954 King left Boston University for the sleepy southern town of Montgomery, Alabama, seeking the peace and quiet of small town life. While pastor of the relatively small but prominent Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, he hoped to have the time and freedom to complete his doctoral dissertation in systematic theology.

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