Kansas State celebrates rediscovery of King speech

MANHATTAN, Kan. | Historians are eager to listen to the full recording of a speech Martin Luther King. Jr. delivered at Kansas State University less than three months before he was assassinated.

King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference has what is believed to be an abridged version of the speech.

But for decades the school had nothing. The school suspects any recording it may have had of King’s Jan. 19, 1968, speech probably burned in a fire.

Then, the school stumbled across the complete version last year. Shortly after King delivered the speech, a Wichita man requested a reel-to-reel tape of King’s speech from a radio station and kept it in his personal library.

On Thursday, the words King spoke at the Kansas State were heard again at a luncheon. People who joined King on stage were there too.