HOT BLAST: Martin Luther King mentions Anniston
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Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
A small snippet of Anniston's history has been uncovered.

As the story goes, a woman in Phoenix happened upon a collection of reel-to-reel recordings at a Goodwill store last year. On them were tapes of two previously unrecorded speeches given by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964.

The quality of the recordings are excellent. (Listen to them here.) And on the first speech, given at Arizona State University, King mentions Anniston, by name, in reference to the Freedom Riders bus burning in May 1961.

King says he was suffering from a virus that had weakened his voice, but that's hardly noticeable on the tapes. They're a wonderful addition to America's civil rights history.

-- Phillip Tutor
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