Forty-four years after his death, new material from one of the most quotable people who ever lived has just been released.
A tape of one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s old interviews was recently found and will soon go up for auction.
A man in Chattanooga, TN discovered the old reel-to reel while going through some boxes in an attic,. The man, who declined to be interviewed, revealed to CNN that the tape had belonged to his father, an author who was writing a book on racial tensions, which he never finished.
The tape, which was authenticated by a broker who is handling the sale of the original recording, was produced on December 21, 1960 and features Dr. King speaking about non-violence saying, “If one is truly non-violent, that person has a loving spirit.”
King also offered an almost eerily accurate assessment of the historical significance of the sit-ins.
“When the history books are written in future years, historians will have to record this movement as one of the greatest epics of our heritage,” proclaimed the stentorian Dr. King. He continued, “I think the movement represents struggle on the highest level of dignity, and discipline, no one of good will can disagree with the ends of the sit-in movement, the end to break down all barriers between people on the basis of race or color.”
CNN also interviewed Harry Johnson, President and CEO of the Washington D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation who believes that this will not be the last time someone finds a lost tape of Dr. King.
While there is no guarantee as to whether or not more recordings like this one will be unearthed, one thing that is certain is that Dr. King’s words remain as relevant to this day as they ever have.
Hear Dr. King’s words below.
See photos from the King Memorial below.
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MLK Memorial dedicated in D.C.