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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A Call to Service
In both substance and style, the sermon is vintage late King: He fiercely articulates the imperatives of faith and citizenship with the voice of a preacher who had mastered his art. In the sermon, King is a minister teaching and communing with his flock. Like Hamilton, King draws his text from a passage in the Gospel of Mark detailing an exchange between Jesus and the apostles John and James. Both caution that this drive can be abused for self-serving purposes and pernicious ends. But, if nurtured, it can be a powerful resource for good and for achieving greatness. At the outset, when King is introducing the lesson, his voice is measured, his cadence controlled. But soon come the flashes of exclamation, as King stresses a word or a phrase with a quiver, a shout, or a roar.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, at the same time, everyone is not automatically great. Rather, each person has the potential to achieve greatness because every person has something to offer and to contribute through service. Greatness is available to all through unselfish action fueled by unselfish motivation. King sees the inherent dignity that every human being can achieve through service, a common meeting ground that requires no worldly credentials to enter.
The sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. King himself observed, "In the quiet recesses of my heart, I am fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher. Less well-remembered are the early sermons of that young, year-old pastor who first began preaching at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama , in The range of his rhetoric was anticipated and encompassed within "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life," which he preached as his trial sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in and every year thereafter for the rest of his life. King addresses the subject of individual greatness within society and how to truly go about achieving such a status.