The only surviving copy of a speech given by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Junior has surfaced in the archives of the New York State Museum as a collection of recordings were being digitally archived. The speech was given September 12, 1962 as part of a commemorative event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
A recent discovery at the New York State Museum has revealed the only known audio recording of the Civil War Centennial program, which includes Dr. King’s 26-minute speech honoring Lincoln’s document.
Almost a minute of the recording has been lost because the reel-to-reel tape used to record the event was only 76 minutes long, and several speakers took to the podium before Reverend King. The tape ran out approximately 15 minutes into the 26 minute speech, and the tape had to be flipped and re-threaded before recording could continue.
The audio recording of the speech has been posted here thanks to the New York State Museum as well as photographs of the originally typed speech, with King’s own handwritten notes and corrections, here. Even a copy of the evening’s program has been saved and is on display here.
For a list of quotes from King disproving he was anything close to conservative, check out this article. John Prager has also offered up a video of a teacher refusing to accept an award from Paul Ryan because he stands for everything King hated. You can see the awesome here.