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Dr Martin Luther King, Jr in Arizona

Resources related to the study of Dr. King and his relation to the state of Arizona. Topics include his visits to Phoenix and Tucson in the 1960s, the Martin Luther King Jr holiday controversy, and discovery of the audio recordings of his speech in 2014.

How were the audio recordings discovered?

Recordings of Dr. King's 1964 speech were discovered by accident in 2014. The following articles tell the story of their discovery and subsequent donation to ASU.

 reels of audio tape                                    

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