1962 Speech by Martin Luther King Jr. at Wake Forest University Now Available Online

On October 1, 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a lecture before 2,200 people in the Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A few years ago, an audiotape of the address was discovered in the university archives.

Now a transcript of the address as well as a digital recording of the speech can be accessed on the website of the university’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. The civil rights “stump speech” that Dr. King used on this occasion contained several similar passages to his “I Have a Dream” speech given at the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963.

The transcript and audio recording can be accessed by clicking here.