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Almost 52 years to the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic I Have a Dream Speech, an early recording has been discovered. According to Huffington Post, North Carolina State University English Professor Jason Miller discovered the recording after finding a transcript of the speech. When Miller discovered the transcript, he knew that a recording had to around somewhere.

Miller found the reel to reel tape in a town library. The 55 minute speech was spoken to 2,000 people on November 27, 1962 at Booker T. Washington High School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In the speech heard above, Dr. King talks about the meeting of descendants of slaves and slaves owners to sit down and see that they are no different than each other. In the recording, Dr. King says I Have a Dream at least 8 times in his speech.


Miller played the speech to many dictators on Tuesday at the University’s James B. Hunt Library with three people who heard the speech 52 years prior. The speech will used for Miller’s book, Origins of Dreams which he explores the speech of Dr. King’s speeches and LAngston Hughes poetry.

– Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)

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