Archival audio from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. discussing American Militarism

This episode of From The Archives to the Air marks the 95th anniversary of the birth of one of the major figures of the 20th Century, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King is remembered primarily for his work in advancing the cause of civil rights in America. But in the last years of his life he also condemned American militarism.

The centerpiece of this episode is The Hidden Radical Dimensions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., produced by Pacifica Radio and first broadcast on KGNU in 1990. (We digitized Hidden Radical Dimensions from an old reel-to-reel tape. The tape box had a worn-out label. We think it dates back to 1974, since there is a reference to Dr. King’s 45th birthday.)

The Pacifica program includes extended excerpts from Dr. King’s 1967 sermon at Riverside Church in New York. A transcript of the sermon is online, and the full speech is on YouTube.


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From The Archive to the Air features audio drawn from the KGNU Archives. The show is written and produced by John Kelin with the able assistance of Alexis Kenyon, and hosted by Jackie Sedley.

The image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this page is Copyright: © 2008-2017 Wes Candela Photography LLC, and licensed from Creative Commons.

From The Archives to the Air opening music: “Circus” by Portron Portron Lopez is licensed under an attribution-noncommercial-share-alike license.

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