by Sukey HowardMay, 1998
A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson and Peter Holloran offers a unique experience Dr. King's own words as he spoke them from the pulpits of the Ebenezer Baptist Church and many others. These 11 sermons, each introduced by a noted churchman Reverend Billy Graham and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among them range from King's first recorded sermon in 1954 to his last in 1968. They ring with the power, conviction, and timelessness that marks Dr. King's oratory. King said, "Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the gospel. This was my first calling, and it remains my greatest commitment." This collection is a testament not only to the truth of that statement, but to Dr. King's profound and prophetic leadership against oppression, and to his resolute faith. Reviewed by Sukey Howard.