'Some will have to face physical death ....': Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Syracuse, 1961

January 19, 2015 4:14 PM

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I spent some time last week at the Syracuse University Archives, while working on Sunday's column on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his 1965 visit to Syracuse. The archives, it turns out, is in possession of historical treasure: In King's file, there is a recording - on CD - of a speech he gave in Syracuse, in 1961.

While Syracuse has a rich history of memorable speeches, few of those great moments survive as recordings. King's voice at SU is that of an epic American orator, at full power. While the speech ascends toward hope, there is a section in which King anticipates how lives will be lost, even amid a non-...

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