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Transcript for the Piece Audio version of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr- A Documentary from 1962

Today we start a weeklong look at the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It's been more than 40 years since Dr. King was assassinated- in April 1968. King was, of course, one of the primary leaders of the American civil rights movement and his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 established him as one of the great orators of his time.

Later this week we’ll air for you some of the Massey lectures that King recorded for CBC Radio in 1967. We’ll also have a look at post segregationist Atlanta and reaction to his assassination.

Today a documentary made in 1962 for the CBC Radio program “Project ’62.” It’s an hour-long look at the career and philosophy of Dr. King before he made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, but as he was becoming a national figure. From January 1962, here is Project 62. Please keep in mind that some words and language have changed in the more than 45 years since this hour first aired. Here is Harry Mannis to introduce it.

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What you’re listening to is a documentary from January 1962 about Martin Luther King Jr. It’s an hour-long look at King’s life and his growing belief in the philosophy of non-violence. Here once again is the voice of Martin Luther King.

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Martin Luther King Jr. in January 1962 in a documentary on the CBC Radio program Project ’62.

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That documentary about Martin Luther King Jr. first aired in January 1962 on the program Project ’62. It was written and prepared by Eleanor Fischer and presented by Harry Mannis.

The following year, 1963, King’s “I have a dream” speech galvanized America and made him a national figure. In 1964 he became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation in the U.S. through non-violent means.

On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King Day was established as a national holiday in the United States in 1986.

This documentary first aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1962.