Arts & Culture
4:50 am
Tue February 15, 2011

MLK Speaks of Dream at Wake Forest

Eric Hodge:  An audience at Wake Forest University was among the first to hear parts of Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech. King delivered the address 10 months before the historic speech in Washington, DC.   Inge reports.

On October 11, 1962 – Martin Luther King Junior spoke at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University.

" This will be the day when all of God’s children, black men and white men…"


People who were in the audience that day know those words – but now Wake Forest is making the speech available to all – online – through the digital archives at Z-Smith Reynolds Library.

"Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last.”


King’s speech at Wake Forest was just a few months after the school decided to allow blacks to attend.