Interview Housed At UK Reveals Martin Luther King, Jr. In Conversation

Aug 28, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Six months after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, the civil rights leader sat down for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Kentucky author Robert Penn Warren.


Warren interviewed key players in the civil rights movement in March of 1964 for what would become a book called Who Speaks for the Negro? The audio, which has been featured in WUKY’s long-running Saving Stories series, is housed at the University of Kentucky’s Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

In the interview, Dr. King speaks about the speed with which the movement should expect to achieve lasting change.

"You've got to observe historical process. You've got to think about the fact that this structural change cannot come overnight," King says.

The conversation was also published recently in The Atlantic.

The full interview can be found at