In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday we bring back Bob’s conversation with Clarence Jones. Jones served as Dr. King’s attorney and advisor for eight years and helped craft some of King’s most beloved speeches.
Then, in 1944 when he was just fifteen years old, Martin Luther King, Jr wrote a speech called “The Negro and the Constitution.” Its existence was known, but no one had compared that early piece of writing to the famous “I Have a Dream” speech until recently. A freshman at Wake Forest University, William Murphy, discovered during his class assignment that that speech was likely the basis for King’s Dream speech delivered on August 28, 1963. John Llewellyn is an Associate Professor of Communication at Wake Forest University who taught that freshman class. He talks about the revelation and its significance to the Civil Rights Movement. [Broadcast Date: January 21, 2013]
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