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Transcript: The Last Sunday Sermon of MLK (March 31, 1968)

Full text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last Sunday sermon titled “’Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution” which was delivered on March 31, 1968, from the Canterbury Pulpit at The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here this morning, to have the opportunity of standing in this very great and significant pulpit.

And I do want to express my deep personal appreciation to Dean Sayre and all of the Cathedral clergy for extending the invitation.

It is always a rich and rewarding experience to take a brief break from our day to day demands and the struggle for freedom and human dignity and discuss the issues involved in that struggle with concerned friends of goodwill all over our nation. And certainly it is always a deep and meaningful experience to be in a worship service. And so for many reasons I’m happy to be here today.

I would like to use as a subject from which to preach this morning: ‘Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution’ .

The text for the morning is found in the Book of Revelation. There are two passages there that I would like to quote, in the [21st] chapter of that book:

“Behold, I make all things new (Revelation 21:5); former things are passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17).”

I’m sure that most of you have read that arresting little story from the pen of Washington Irvin entitled ‘Rip Van Winkle’. The one thing that we usually remember about the story is that Rip Van Winkle slept 20 years.

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