I love to read and listen to speeches and sermons that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave that are not widely known. Many of the familiar presentations of King, have lost their original impact and through reinterpretation and co-opting are no longer viewed in their context to make some who listen feel more comfortable. We also tend to forget his personal brilliance.
This particular speech is set against the backdrop of the struggle to obtain the right to vote. Between the narrator and King's speech we see what has taken for blacks and other minorities to gain their franchise. Note that this speech wasn't given 100 years ago, but only 54 short years ago.
King also helps us understand how much our world has and hasn't change. Substitute the word 'segregation' with the word 'power' and you can see that there is a struggle still before us.
This is a young 29 year-old Martin Luther King. Wise beyond his, we hear strains of themes that he would preach and share for the next 10 years.
I can never listen to King, whether his familiar or unfamiliar speeches or sermons without recommitting myself to do more, to continue to preach the Gospel with all that is within me, and to work even harder make equality and justice a reality.
What about you?