A long-lost recording of Martin Luther King Jr. at UCLA

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at UCLA about a month after his triumphant march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, that made civil rights history. While King's speech became part of campus lore, an audio recording of it was only recently found in a campus storage room.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at UCLA about a month after his triumphant march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, that made civil rights history. While King’s speech became part of campus lore, an audio recording of it was only recently found in a campus storage room.

Communities across the country today are celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There have been rallies and parades, including here in Los Angeles.

King made such an impact in the 1950s and ’60s through his words and speeches, fighting for civil rights for Americans of all races.

We’re all familiar with his famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

But King gave another, lesser-known speech to an audience of administrators, faculty and students at UCLA on April 27th, 1965 that’s only recently been uncovered.

Paul Von Blum is a Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA, and he spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis.