Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington in 1963, he perfected his civil rights message. That was before a much smaller audience in North Carolina.
Reporters had covered King's 55-minute speech at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount. It was on Nov. 27, 1962. But a recording was not known to exist until English professor Jason Miller found a reel-to-reel tape It was in a town library. Miller played it in public for the first time Aug. 11 at North Carolina State University.
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