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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Religious Witness for Human Dignity

In 2013, Mary Scanlon uncovered a piece of history at a Goodwill store in Phoenix, Arizona. Even though she didn’t even own a tape machine, she started looking through boxes of reel-to-reel tapes. Among them was a reel with “Martin Luther King” and “Tempe” written on it.

She bought the tapes, then turned to Arizona State University to conduct research on her discovery. She found that Dr. King had spoken there in 1964, advocating for passage of the Civil Rights Act. Rob Spindler, the ASU archivist and curator of special collections, was unaware of any recordings of that event.

Spindler was excited to hear the recording, as well as the other tapes from local civil-rights activist Lincoln Ragsdale. They’ve since been digitized and are available from the Arizona State University Digital Repository.

eLibrary’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Topic Page now includes the story of this fortunate discovery, and features a link to the ASU archive where you can listen to the recording, “Religious Witness for Human Dignity”. That same section of the Research Topic includes a scholarly journal article that explores the deep personal and religious roots of Dr. King’s doctrine of human dignity.

Martin Luther King Jr. Research Topic

Martin Luther King Jr. Research Topic Page via ProQuest eLibrary

Part rally, part sermon, it is thrilling to hear Dr. King’s voice, and it carries a message that remains as urgent today as it was when he delivered it over 50 years ago:

“Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood, and now through our moral and ethical commitment, we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers, or we will all perish together as fools.”

King, Martin Luther, Jr. “Religious Witness for Human Dignity.” MP3 Audio. Arizona State University Digital Repository. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.