As opposed to the usual garbage on the News. You know, the Beiber DUI obsession, The latest hate-mongering from the Leftists over at MSNBC, or the obsession over an ASU fraternity suspended after hosting MLK “Black Party”.
That last one made national news. If you search for “asu mlk” you’ll get about a 10-1 ratio of the “party” over the actual news story below. That’s news today.
The “party” is news. The discovery below is not remotely as worthy.
But there was some actual news this week that was largely ignored. It’s sensational, just not sensationalist. There is no agenda here, so it’s not as worthy as a bunch of dumb college frat kids making an ass of themselves (when does that ever happen!).
A speech by the great Martin Luther King, Jr 50 years ago here at Arizona State University that no one knew was recorded was found at a Goodwill Store!
From right to left: G. Homer Durham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, an unidentified participant, Rev. Louis Eaton and Msgr. Robert Donahoe at Goodwin Stadium, Arizona State University. Martin Luther King addressed an audience of 8,000 people on the topic “Religious Witness for Human Dignity.”
June 3, 1964
Photo by: Monsignor Robert Donahoe Collection
Discovery significant for historians, Arizona and nation
PHOENIX (KSAZ) –A woman finds some old reel-to-reel tapes at a Goodwill store in Phoenix, they turned out to be a long-lost recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s only speech here in the valley. The announcement of this amazing discovery made last week and now there is audio of the slain civil rights leader speaking in Arizona.
“How very delighted and honored I am to have the opportunity of coming once more to the State of Arizona” said King during the recording.
A recording of King’s only public appearance in Phoenix on June 3rd 1964. He spoke at the old stadium at ASU and at Phoenix’s Tanner AME church during his west coast tour he stopped in our state.
“Now we are challenged to make this world one in terms of brotherhood one in terms of peace” said Dr. King.
His speeches that day could’ve been lost forever if a sharp-eyed record collector had not stopped by a Goodwill store at 32nd Street and Thomas.
“Went over and I just picked up one of them and it just happened to be the one that turned out to be Martin Luther King it said MLK 1964 ” said Mary Scanlon.
She bought several tapes at $2.99 a piece. They could have crumbled if she tried playing them but she brought them to an ASU archive. They were sent to be digitized then they heard him speak.
“It’s just completely unlikely improbable sometimes these things happen apparently someone stored it in their closet for years and years” said Keith Miller an ASU professor.
“Just electrifying, it brought tears to my eyes it was really moving” said Scanlon.
“The wind of change is blowing in a real sense it is sweeping away an old order” Dr. King said in the recording.
Two weeks after King gave this speech Phoenix signed an anti-discrimination law.
“What a point of pride that Martin Luther King came here” said Scanlon. A month afterwards.. The Civil Rights act of 1964 was made law.
“We have made of this world a neighborhood and now thru our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood we must all learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools” said Dr. King.
ASU announced the discovery of the lost tapes last week.hey were recorded by civil rights leader Lincoln Ragsdale an ASU alumna. (Fox Phoenix)
“The cooperation of ASU and the NAACP in welcoming King sets the record straight in the national historical record,” Whitaker said. “Arizona gained great notoriety in the late 1980s when Gov. Evan Mecham rescinded the King holiday, triggering a national boycott of Arizona. On top of that, in the early 1990s in a statewide referendum, Arizona voters defeated a proposed King holiday, perpetuating the image that Arizona was anti-King.
“This speech is evidence that Arizona is not as anti-King or, in the wake of national debates about immigration, as anti-minority as many people across the nation think,” he said. “It certainly adds complexity to both the historical and current picture of our state.”
Phoenix lawyer Herb Ely, longtime civil rights activist and legal counsel for the NAACP at the time of King’s speech, said no more convincing example exists of the importance of King’s speech than the fact that 13 days later, the city of Phoenix passed a comprehensive public accommodation ordinance outlawing discrimination in all places of public accommodation. (ASU)
But the hate mongers and morally Superior Passers of Judgment on the left don’t care about FACTS.
“Further, his speech and inspiration lead to broad civil rights legislation by the Arizona legislature,” said Ely, who drafted Arizona’s civil rights bill that was signed into law on April 1, 1965, prohibiting discrimination in voting, employment, labor union membership and places of public accommodation. “Dr. King’s speech and leadership was an inspiration to us all. For me, he was my guiding light as I devoted my early years here to the civil rights movement. Not just this speech, but his entire life caused the culture to change here in Arizona and throughout this country.”
But not on the Left. They use him as a tool, not a guide, as they use everyone and everything.
The full recordings are available here: http://repository.asu.edu/items/18389
“We have made of this world a neighborhood and now thru our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood we must all learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools” said Dr. King not long afterwards.
Now that’s NEWS, fool. 🙂