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ange on 01/20/2014 at 03:30AM

Remember MLK Through Recorded Speeches

Joan Baez and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (RubyGoes/Flickr CC-BY)

Take some time today to listen back to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at Santa Rita Prison from January 15, 1968. It was preserved by the Pacifica Radio Archives.

In this speech he spoke to the crowd after visiting Joan Baez and her mother in the prison. He reports that they are in good spirits, explaining, "When you go to jail for a righteous cause, you can accept the inconveniences of jail with a kind of innocence of calm and an inner sense of peace. And this is they way they are accepting this experience." He then goes on to explain his controversial decision to mix the issues of civil rights with the anti-war movement.

"There can be no justice without peace, and there can be no peace without justice. People ask me from time to time, 'Aren't you getting out of your field? Aren't you supposed to be working in civil rights?' And they go on to say the two issues are not to be mixed. And my only answer is that I have been working too long and too hard now against segregated public accommodations to end up, at this stage of my life, segregating my moral concerns."

The audience applauds wildly.

"Because I believe absolutely that justice is indivisible. And injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

In this recording, an audience member yells out "Hey!" as if the strength of that statement just knocked him over.

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katya-oddio on 01/17/2011 at 04:30PM

The Voice and Calm Power of Dr. Martin Luther King

Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Betsy G. Reyneau [public domain]

Today the U.S. nation celebrates the life and work of prominent civil rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Here are three speeches by Dr. King hosted by the Free Music Archive. The first is King's infamous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963.

The second is a speech given January 14, 1968, at a demonstration supporting anti-war activitists, including singer Joan Baez, imprisoned at the Santa Rita Prison in California. The recording of Dr. King's speech was produced by Colin Edwards for KPFA radio the day after the demonstration. (BB1460 Pacifica Radio Archives, CC by-nc-sa)

The third of King's speeches presented here is from March 16, 1968 at the event "Men and women in the arts concerned with Vietnam" in Los Angeles, California. The speech is prefaced by a six-minute introduction by novelist, playwright, and poet James Baldwin. The recording was made in the audience and aired on KPFK on April 4, 1968. (BB4661 Pacifica Radio Archives, CC by-nc-sa)


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