A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Audiobook, by Clayborne Carson Play Audiobook Sample

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Audiobook

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Audiobook, by Clayborne Carson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Keith David, Jay Gregory Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781594833267

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Longest Chapter Length:

48:20 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:58 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

20:17 minutes

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Publisher Description

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader and visionary of the civil rights movement, was first and foremost a preacher. This unique collection features a selection of Dr. King's best sermons - some not heard since he first delivered them - recorded at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and in other churches where he carried his ministry. They include "Rediscovering Lost Values," "A Knock at Midnight," "The American Dream," and "When Jesus Called a Man a Fool." Each is introduced by a distinguished member of today's spiritual community, including Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, Dr. Joan Campbell, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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“An audiobook can sometimes be superior to a printed text—and this is a great example of that fact…It’s interesting, inspiring and pleasurable to hear King in these original recordings, which demonstrate his knowledge, social commitment and tremendous rhetorical ability. With a powerful voice, clever phrases, and great pacing, King is truly one of the great orators of this century.”

— AudioFile 


  • “The vision, the dream of Dr. King was for eternity…We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by…avoiding the foolish, lifting our eyes, as he challenges us to do.”

    — Reverend Billy Graham
  • “It is almost as if he were preaching this sermon for us today, for it is as apt today as it ever was nearly thirty years ago.”

    — Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • “As an orator [King] is second to none, drawing his audience in with an urgency that resonates through every soaring cadence of his familiar, powerful voice…In word and in voice, these are masterpieces of theological literature from one of the world’s great orators, who…may well be ‘the greatest religious intellectual of the twentieth century.’”

    — Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “There is no better way to become acquainted with this great American than this book affords.”

    — Booklist


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Authors

Clayborne Carson, PhD, was a participant and observer of African American political movements during his undergraduate years at UCLA. Since receiving his doctorate in 1975, he has taught at Stanford University, where he is now professor of history and director of the King Papers Project. He has also been a visiting professor at American University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Emory University and a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His scholarly publications have focused on African American protest movements and the political thought of the period after World War II. His writings have appeared in leading historical journals and numerous encyclopedias, as well as in popular periodicals. His first book, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians. Dr. Carson has lectured at many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad on a wide range of topics, including King, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, Black-Jewish relations, and the need for a multi-cultural curriculum.

About the Narrators

Keith David is a classically trained actor, Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee. He stars, alongside Zoe Saldana, in the upcoming Netflix limited series “From Scratch.” Keith was featured in Jordan Peele’s latest film “Nope.” His expansive film credits include 21 Bridges, Night School, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Requiem for a Dream, Men at Work, They Live, Crash, There’s Something About Mary, The Thing, Platoon and many others. Keith completed 5 seasons starring in Greenleaf for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Other TV credits include NCIS: New Orleans, Blackish, MacGyver, Fresh Off the Boat, Community, Enlisted, and Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Keith’s collaboration with Ken Burns earned him 3 Emmy Awards for his narration of Jackie Robinson, The War, and Unforgivable Blackness – The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. Most recently, Keith narrated the documentary Ali by Ken Burns. Some of his other voice acting credits include Adventure Time, Bojack Horseman, Rick & Morty, Spawn, and Gargoyles. On Broadway, he starred in Seven Guitars and Jelly’s Last Jam (Tony nomination). As a singer Keith has toured for the past several years with Too Marvelous For Words, in which Keith recreates Nat King Cole. Keith is currently creating a show about legendary blues singer Joe Williams. Born and raised in New York City, Keith is a graduate of the New York High School of the Performing Arts and the Juilliard School.

Jay Gregory is a veteran New York actor of stage, film, and television. He can be heard in a number of informational narrations on the Discovery Channel, TLC, and PBS and has a wide range of audiobooks to his credit.