Never before heard recording of MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in NC revealed
On Tuesday, it was made official with a never before heard an electronically restored recording of the original speech that was unveiled at North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus.
Dr. King first delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount on Nov. 27, 1962 – eight months prior to his historic August 28, 1963 speech.
For years, historians knew that the civil rights leader first gave the speech in North Carolina, but no one had ever actually heard documented evidence of the Rocky Mount version, or known that legendary poet Langston Hughes actually inspired it, until the recording was found in a Rocky Mount library was revealed.
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