Tuesday 2 March 2010

Recently recovered 1960 Martin Luther King Jr speech accessible for a limited time

Bethel College's unveiling on Jan. 18 of the recently recovered
recording of Martin Luther King's Jan. 21, 1960, speech in Memorial
Hall, North Newton, Kan., generated quite a buzz.

The coverage on local TV stations and particularly by National Public
Radio in the Jan. 18 national broadcast of "Morning Edition," along
with the playing of the recording to a packed house in Krehbiel
Auditorium, brought inquiries from around the country about getting

By special arrangement with the King Estate in Atlanta, between March
1 and 31, Bethel Web visitors may listen to the audio and read the
text of the speech at www.bethelks.edu/MLK

A recording and transcript of the question-and-answer period following
King's lecture are also included.

Permission to listen to the speech or read the transcript has been
granted for one month only. It may not be downloaded nor printed. The
license has been granted by Intellectual Properties Management,
Atlanta, as exclusive licensor of the King Estate.

In addition to the premier of the recording, Bethel's 2010 celebration
of the King holiday included a panel of alumni sharing their
experiences as audience members at King's lecture at Bethel, as Civil
Rights activists and as exchange students at Spelman College, Atlanta;
dedication of a plaque in Memorial Hall; jazz by Bethel Assistant
Professor of Music Jim Pisano and friends; an exhibit of art by local
elementary school students; and King friend and colleague Vincent
Harding speaking in the evening.

Source: http://www.themennonite.org/public_press_releases/King_speech_accessible_on_Bethels_Web_site_for_limited_time

I figure there are friends on this list who may quite interested in
hearing or reading this speech (under the conditions outlined above)
while it is so accessible, because his words there are still so
relevant to issues we face today.

Clair Hochstetler

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