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Scholar Finds Lost Tape of MLK in New School Archive

Thursday, August 29, 2013

(Library of Congress, Public Domain)NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK—A 15-minute-long audio tape of a question-and-answer session conducted by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been discovered by graduate student Chris Crews in the archives of the New School. The session took place on February 6, 1964, after Dr. King delivered a speech as part of a series of lectures called “The American Race Crisis.” The material is new to scholars, who continue to search the school’s collections for a tape of the speech. “What this demonstrates is how he was engaged in the day-to-day struggles and conversations and thinking about policies that are still living with us today,” said Fredrick Harris of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University.