A public broadcast of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 speech at Keuka College will be heard Tuesday night at the College’s Norton Chapel.
With those words, Dr. King began the baccalaureate address on the campus of Keuka College on June 16, 1963. Those words can now be heard for the first time in 55 years. Long thought lost to the ages, a reel-to-reel recording of this historic address was recently returned to Keuka College by a former employee. The approximately 35-minute speech has now been digitally transferred and will be played for the public at a listening event Tuesday. The speech, which centers on King’s famous sermon “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” came amid a tumultuous period in the Civil Rights movement.
The public broadcast, which is to include a round table discussion and reception, is scheduled for 6:30 Tuesday night. It is free and open to the public.