A decades old recording of a speech Martin Luther King Jr. gave in Mankato is now available for everyone to hear, thanks to KMSU dredging through their archives, and university officials connecting the dots.
In November of 1961, almost two years before he captivated the nation in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King was in Mankato, speaking twice at the Methodist church, and at Mankato High School.

The 48 minute recording archived by MSU was from his speech to the high school, with King laying out his rationale for an executive order ending segregation and other civil rights violations.
The King speech is the highlight of a new archiving project put together at the university, which includes the audio file, a transcript, and articles from the student newspaper on the buzz generated by the visit.

The underlying history is fascinating, as is King's testing out what just may the most famous words in modern history.

You can learn more about the speech, see a transcript and even listen to it here: https://arch.lib.mnsu.edu/islandora/object/MSUrepository%3A124710 

-- KEYC News 12.