A Knock at Midnight

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Abstract

Dr. King wrote this sermon for the Youth Sunday Services of the Women's Convention Auxiliary National Baptist Convention in Chicago on September 14, 1958. The sermon builds off of a biblical passage from Luke in which a friend visits a neighbor at midnight for three loaves of bread. Correlating the story to the modern world, Dr. King compares the social, psychological and moral condition of man to "midnight." He asserts that while the world looks to the church to satisfy its spiritual needs, "Hundreds and thousands of men and women in the quest for the bread of social justice (go) to the church only to be disappointed." Dr. King would later augment this sermon for publication in his book "Strength to Love."

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