Perfect timing. The WNYC Archives has posted a previously unreleased audio recording of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This audio was coincidentally unearthed just days before this coming Monday, which marks the national holiday in his honor.
The audio is of an interview with Rev. King by reporter Eleanor Fischer in Atlanta. According to WNYC, Fischer was producing a documentary series on Dr. King and that southern city for the CBC called Project 62 and she also spoke to him twice more in late 1966 and early 1967.
In the interview, Dr. King discusses his childhood, specifically his first understandings of racism and the role his mother played in shaping his outlook.
As WNYC describes,
“Fischer’s raw interviews were given to the New York Public Radio Archives by her estate after she died in 2008 at the age of 73. As far as we know, these unedited interviews have never been presented in their entirety until now. “