How Langston Hughes Led To A 'Dream' MLK Discovery
The earliest known recording of MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech debuted Tuesday, thanks in part to Langston Hughes.By Samantha Crook | August 11, 2015
A historian's work on the link between Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work and the work of Langston Hughes helped unearth a major find: the earliest recorded version of King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, captured nine months before he delivered it on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Video via Universal News)
"These wonderful residents in the city of Rocky Mount have known about this. ... But there is no substitute for hearing Dr. King at the height of his oratorical prowess," Jason Miller said.
The audio, uncovered by North Carolina University professor Jason Miller, features King delivering a similar speech in a much smaller space — Booker T. Washington High in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. (Video via WDTV)