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The Preacher King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Word that Moved America

Richard Lischer


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a spellbinding orator and it is evident that he honed these skills in the pulpit in his capacity as a Baptist minister. This book is a full-scale study of King as a preacher and draws on tape-recordings and transcriptions of unpublished sermons, and interviews with King's parishioners and colleagues. Preaching to congregations was never something King did “on the side,” or dabbled in when he wasn't busy being a civil rights activist. Not only was preaching integral to King's identity but the material of his Sunday morning sermons found its way into his mass-meet ... More

Keywords: Martin Luther King, orator, Baptist minister, unpublished sermons, civil rights, mass-meeting speeches, civil addresses, Judeo-Christian themes, public policy, race equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195111323
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111323.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Lischer, author
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina