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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 165

I don't believe "characters" is the correct word necessarily. This particular text is a collection of his preachings and sermons about evil like racism, segregation, and everything that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood against.

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Generally, sermons, and his in particular, were rooted in the trials and tribulations those around him faced during this turbulent time and then he turn them into a message of peaceful resistance.

As far as a list of characters, King's source text was the Bible, so I guess you could say that God is his prominent "character" in addition to men, children, spouses and the like. His crafting of his sermons, much like other preachers, ministers, priests, etc., is rooted in the Bible and its teachings. While sections may be quoted or paraphrased, the message is of the man interpreting the Bible for his congregation.

He does also make mention of people such as Aristotle and HG Wells, but only as examples and his sermons do not center around them.

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