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I have a dream: recording of early version discovered

An English professor at North Carolina State University has discovered a recording of an early version of Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.

Martin Luther King Jr memorial, Washington.
Martin Luther King Jr memorial, Washington. Image by Ron Cogswell / CC BY 2.0

MLK delivered a version of the now iconic speech to a group of high-school children around nine months before he gave it on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, but it was never known to have been recorded. Jason Miller, a poetry professor at the university, discovered on old reel-to-reel tape in a town library in 2013; it was played publicly for the first time on Tuesday. ‘It is awe-inspiring and gives you goosebumps on your arms,’ Miller said. The early speech has now been digitised and Millar is planning to make an annotated version available online. Read more: usatoday.com