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Wake Forest finds recording of early MLK speech


WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) -- Nearly a year before his most famous speech, Martin Luther King Jr. was testing out one of its key phrases at Wake Forest University.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Wake Forest has made available online a nearly forgotten recording of a speech King made at Wait Chapel in 1962.

In the speech, King uses the phrase "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last." Those words became famous when he spoke them the following summer during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

The reel-to-reel tape was made by the campus radio station and had been overlooked until university archivist Katherine Gill found it in some boxes.

Online: Wake Forest University:

Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,

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