Martin Luther King Jr. Audio Tape One Year Before the March on Washington

New MLK tapes of Civil Rights leader one year before his history making speech that changed America.
3:00 | 01/20/14

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And on this Dr. Martin Luther king day, we want to take you live, now, to the memorial for Dr. King. And tonight, we have a new tape to play for you of Dr. King's voice. And we owe it, it turns out, to an intern at a museum in New York, who was so serious about an assignment to look through boxes, he found Dr. King on a tape, a year before he told the world he had a dream. Listen to him, on the way to the moment. Negroes north and south, still live in segregation, housed in slums. Reporter: On this new tape, the voice of Dr. Martin Luther king striking the themes that would echo around the world, at that famous March on Washington. Like this one. He is starting to counsel against despair. And with this faith, we will be able to adjourn the counsels of despair. Reporter: Just as he would do, at the foot of the capitol. We will dig out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. Reporter: And on this newly-discovered tape, Dr. King cites an old slave preacher, giving this message to anyone who would listen for years to come. Lord, we ain't what we ought to be. We ain't what we want to be. We ain't what we gonna be. But thank god, we ain't what we was. Dr. Martin Luther king.

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