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DR. KING'S LAST CHRISTMAS SERMON DEC 1967 

The Civil Writer Magazine

Fifty years ago—on December 24, 1967—the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this Christmas sermon in Ebenezer Baptist Church at Atlanta, Georgia. On Christmas of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. preached the following words: "The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. Every man is somebody because he is a child of God…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered that Christmas sermon before his death 4 months later. It wasn't about the birth of Jesus but a Christmas sermon on peace. Dr. King stated in his Christmas sermon, "And I started thinking about the fact that right here in our country we spend millions of dollars every day to store surplus food; and I said to myself I know where we can store that food free of charge — in the wrinkled stomachs of the millions of God’s children in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and even in our own nation, who go to bed hungry at night.”

"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality."