Nearly everyone knows about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, but museum archivists recently unearthed a powerful speech by the civil-rights leader that history nearly forgot.
The once-lost audio reveals a speech that King delivered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in 1962. The New York State Museum rediscovered the speech on reel-to-reel magnetic tape, and uploaded it to YouTubeMonday as part of an online exhibition about the event.
Officials with the New York State Education Department, which operates the museum, said its copy is the only known recording of King's speech.
"This is a remarkable treasure," Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the state Board of Regents, said in astatement. "More than 50 years later, Dr. King's voice has come back to life."