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The Bible and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, Washington, DCFifty-five years ago, USA civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, DC, where he delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech, in which he included several biblical references:

  • Amos 5:24 (NIV): “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
  • Isaiah 40:4-5 (KJV): “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain….”
  • Psalm 30:5 (NIV): “…weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
  • Galatians 3:28 (NIV): “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Here’s a transcript of “I Have a Dream,” and you can watch it below:

Read the following Bible Gateway Blog posts, in which we examine the Bible verses and themes that permeate Dr. King’s most famous public addresses:

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