The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, August 18, 2019

Heritage Auctions offers Martin Luther King, Jr. audio recording undiscovered for 49 years on May 13
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Audio Tape Recording of His Last Full Staff Meeting on January 17, 1968.

DALLAS, TX.- A previously unknown audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's last staff meeting — which documents the first reading of his "See You in Washington" speech — has surfaced after 49 years and will be offered May 13 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. An interesting mix of inspirational oratory based on the Bible and teachings of Christ, sports analogies and impassioned declarations of conviction, it is the first recording of its kind to come to auction in recent memory.

"The talk is a combination of a sermon, pep talk and personal reflection, delivered in King's moving and inspirational style," said Don Ackerman, an Americana expert and consignment director at Heritage Auctions. "Be prepared to be inspired!"

The historically important tape recording of King documents the civil rights champion addressing a full staff meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) that took place at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on January 17, 1968, just four months before King was assassinated April 14, 1968. The tape runs 53 minutes and 11 seconds. It is expected to sell for at least $10,000 at auction.

Here, he assembles his entire staff to discuss the upcoming Poor People's Campaign and a planned march on Washington. In contrast to the August 28, 1963 march where King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech, this event would focus on economic issues for the nation's poor, including affordable housing and unemployment. In his presentation, King stresses jobs and income as key issues.

King is recorded emphatically stating "Something is wrong and we are not going to sit down on stools of do-nothingism and accept it... The right to eat... the right to live... this is what we 're going to Washington about... My demand for Washington is... Repent, America! I'm serious about this..."

At one time, the tape was the property of C. Clarence Mayfield, a Savannah-based lawyer who provided legal representation for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People until the time of his death in 1996. Mayfield was also a close friend of Hosea Williams. It is not known whether Mayfield recorded the tape or was given it by Williams. In either event, the tape apparently is the sole surviving recording of this meeting.

"Dr. King's speech is clear as a bell and gives one the impression of being right there in the room. There are no other speakers, but members of the audience are occasionally heard giving words of encouragement, anticipation or assent," Ackerman said. "It is a particularly moving speech wherein he discusses the purpose of demonstrations, noting that crime rates go down in areas where demonstrations occur, contrary to popular perception."

Today's News

May 1, 2017

Modernity ignites three-day Millea Bros Ltd auction on Bidsquare

The National Gallery in Prague exhibits works by Gerhard Richter

Heritage Auctions offers Martin Luther King, Jr. audio recording undiscovered for 49 years on May 13

The Museum of Modern Art explores the provocative, shapeshifting career of Louise Lawler

Musée de la Vie romantique exhibits works by the "Raphael of flowers"

me Collectors Room exhibits the complete editioned works of Sigmar Polke

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presents a spatial sculpture by the artist Lena Henke

Sprüth Magers Berlin opens solo exhibition of new work by Lucy Dodd

Simon Lee Gallery exhibits new paintings by Garth Weiser

Mexican culture, history and scientific wonders explored in two exhibitions in Dallas

World's only Tiananmen museum returns to Hong Kong

Phillips unveils star lots for Jewels and Jadeite Auction in Hong Kong on 29 May

White Cube opens an exhibition of work by Jürgen Partenheimer

Repairs: Frac Centre-Val de Loire opens group exhibition

Exhibition explores how artists approach the space between the virtual and the real

Socrates Sculpture Park opens Nari Ward's first institutional solo exhibition in New York City

LAMA to partner with Emerson Woelffer Estate and Otis College of Art and Design

Charlotte Jackson Fine Art opens exhibition of works by Anne Appleby

Weiss Berlin exhibits works by Ali Altin

Mark Dorf's second solo exhibition with Postmasters Gallery on view in New York

Exhibition brings work of provocative designer Robert Stadler together with that of Isamu Noguchi

Von Lintel Gallery opens exhibition of new work by German artist Christiane Feser.

Exhibition highlights Katinka Lampe's interpretation and imagery surrounding the phenomenon 'bigotry'

Collectible sneakers introduced by Heritage in groundbreaking auction

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful