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Audio Recordings. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address in Wait Chapel Recording

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Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke in Wait Chapel on October 11, 1962, as part of the College Union Lecture Series, sponsored by the College Union Lecture Committee (now known as Student Union). Martin Luther King, Jr., was a leader in the Civil Rights movement, the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. As the first lecturer of the school year, he spoke of integration in the South and the continued work necessary for equality. Wake Forest College enrolled the first black student to the college, Ed Reynolds, in fall 1962.

Biographical and Historical Note

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout his life, King worked as both a Baptist minister and a civil-rights activist. Beginning in the mid-50's, he played a tremendous role in race relations and the civil rights movement in the United States. King sought equality for victims of injustice through peaceful protest and nonviolence. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. King's activism contributed in putting an end to the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Among various honors, he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. King was assassinated four years later in April 1968, Remembered as one of the most influential African American leaders and orators in history, he is especially well known for 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. He is honored each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of an audio recording and transcript of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech given in Wait Chapel on October 11, 1962, as part of the College Union Lecture Series. In his lecture, King speaks of integration in the South and the continued work necessary for equality, reflecting his influential involvement in the civil rights movement. His messages were especially meaningful at the time of the speech, as Wake Forest College enrolled the first black student, Ed Reynolds, to the college in fall 1962.

Collection Inventory

  • Audio recording compact disc (2 copies) (1962) box 1 folder 1
  • Speech transcript box 1 folder 2

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Audio Recordings. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address in Wait Chapel Recording
ID
RG11.4.1
Date [inclusive]
1962 October 11
Extent
0.21 Linear Feet  1 half-document box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Access Restrictions
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Preferred Citation
Audio Recordings. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address in Wait Chapel Recording (RG11.4.1), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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