Bob Allen: ‘I Have a Dream’ Sermon Established Martin Luther King as Prophet

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered 45 years ago today, established the Baptist preacher as a modern-day prophet, according to scholars contacted by

Delivered Aug. 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the speech is widely regarded as one of the most important addresses in American history. Scholars in 1999 voted it the best political speech of the 20th century.

"Dr. King's 1963 words yet ring powerful and prophetic 40 years after his voice was tragically silenced in 1968," said Wendell Griffen, a Baptist minister and former judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. "The power of the words lies in their hopeful urgency."

Bill Tillman, T.B. Maston Professor of Christian Ethics at Hardin-Simmons University's Logsdon School of Theology, said King met at least a couple of criteria for recognition as a prophet.

"One of the criteria, not being accepted in his own land, marks the response of many Christians, and sad to say many Baptist Christians, to King," Tillman said.

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