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Retrospective 1963: MLK Speaks with WFMT’s Studs Terkel

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If he were to look in on us today, 50 years after speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have much to consider: in some quarters, he would see his “dream” approaching reality (a twice-elected African-American president); in others, a persistent and shocking disparity between peoples. This week The Washington Post formally acknowledged “We blew it,” in what they termed “journalistic malpractice” for failing in 1963 to realize the social significance of that March on Washington, or of that venerable speech. There were, and no doubt still are, many lessons to learn.

WFMT witnessed the 1963 March on Washington through the sharp eyes, keen ears, and enlightened spirit of Studs Terkel. Memories and conversations from that historic day are contained in his audio documentary This Train, whose two parts will be re-broadcast on Best of Studs Terkel on Friday, August 30, and Friday, September 6, at 10:00 pm.

One year after that historic march, Studs had the opportunity to speak with Dr. King. Here’s a portion of that conversation.

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