Monday, January 16, 2017

NEW Martin Luther King Jr. speech found!

Amy Goodman (; Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Newly discovered 1964 MLK speech on civil rights, segregation, South Africa Apartheid

Listen up, America: Black Lives Matter
This is a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, the airing of a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On December 7th, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, Reverend King gave a brilliant major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights, and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

MLK's friend, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh
The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor (, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
The Speech
Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (
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REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING: I want to talk with you mainly about our struggle in the United States and, before taking my seat, talk about some of the larger struggles in the whole world and some of the more difficult struggles in places like South Africa.

But there is a desperate, poignant question on the lips of people all over our country and all over the world. I get it almost everywhere I go and almost every press conference.

It is a question of whether we are making any real progress in the struggle to make racial justice a reality in the United States of America.

And whenever I seek to answer that question, on the one hand, I seek to avoid an undue pessimism; on the other hand, I seek to avoid a superficial optimism.

And I try to incorporate or develop what I consider a realistic position...

We'll be ready for the fire next time.

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