MLK: Three Landmark Speeches
On this Monday morning, the nation honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Producer Paul Ingles asked two leading King scholars to pick three of Dr. King's most important speechesfrom the 1960s.
You’ll hear from the late Dr. Vincent Harding, Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and a personal friend and speech writing colleague of Dr. King in the 1960’s.
You’ll also hear from Dr. Clayborne Carson, who at Coretta Scott King’s request, has been directing the King Papers Project since 1985. Dr. Carson established the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University in 2005.
The speeches these scholars chose were: King’s last address, the night before his assassination in Memphis in April, 1968; the speech he made a year to the day before he was killed, called “Beyond Vietnam,” in which Dr. King came out publicly and explicitly in opposition to the Vietnam War; and from March, 1965, Dr. King’s remarks that he made at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery marches, considered a turning point in the struggle for Voting Rights and equality for African Americans.
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