Rare Recording of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture Made Available

In this Dec. 10, 1964, file photo, U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King receives the Nobel Peace Prize from Gunnar Jahn, chairman of the Nobel Committee, in Oslo, Norway. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo, File)
In this Dec. 10, 1964, file photo, U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King receives the Nobel Peace Prize from Gunnar Jahn, chairman of the Nobel Committee, in Oslo, Norway. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo, File)

A rare audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture has been made widely available in its entirety for the first time since King delivered the speech in Oslo, Norway.

King, who gave the lecture on Dec. 11, 1964, received the prize for his work toward ending against racial segregation and accepted it on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement. Unlike the text version of the speech that has previously been published, the audio of King’s lecture ends with King quoting the same spiritual he references in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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SOURCE: TIME, Nolan Feeney