As the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday approached this year, the National Press Club recently went public last week with excerpts from remarks delivered 53 years ago by the slain Civil Rights leader to the organization. The club is a longstanding professional institution for journalists and has played host to a number of world newsmakers, but in July 1962, King was the first African American invited to speak there.
On the record conversations were often preserved on audio tape, but seldom were the events televised or recorded on video. Initially, the audio tape of King was kept at the club's headquarters in Washington, DC, but were eventually turned over to the Library of Congress. A historical committee for the Press Club was recently alerted to its existence.
Click "play" below to hear Martin Luther King Jr's 1962 speech to the National Press Club.
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