Listen to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final Christmas sermon

Martin Luther King Jr. listens to other staff members of SCLC during a meeting at an Atlanta restaurant. (Photo by © Flip Schulke/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Martin Luther King Jr. listens to other staff members of SCLC during a meeting at an Atlanta restaurant. (Photo by © Flip Schulke/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

More than 50 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what would be his final Christmas Eve sermon.

Titled “Peace on Earth,” the Dec. 24, 1967 address was somber yet hopeful, as King contemplated a world rattled by the threat of war. He challenged his flock to strive instead for peace and unity and to embrace a nonviolent approach to solving conflict.

“We must either learn to live together as brothers or we’re all going to perish together as fools,” he preached.

Less than four months later, King was fatally shot in Memphis.

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His daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, CEO of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change Inc., shared the sermon on social media.

“52 years ago on Christmas Eve, my father preached this sermon,” she wrote. “Still relevant.”

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