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Monday, August 26, 2013

MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech Springs From Early Work

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Aug. 28, 1963. (AP)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Aug. 28, 1963. (AP)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s pre-1963 manuscripts, notebooks, sermons, letters and other materials are archived at Boston University, where King studied in the 1950s.

Those who are familiar with the archive say you can see the themes King outlined in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in some of this material.

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the speech, Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock paid a visit to the archives.

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