Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Birmingham Mass Meeting, May 3, 1963:
The audio recording of King speaking is courtesy of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. It was originally recorded by Reverend C. Herbert Oliver. He was a pioneering activist for racial justice in Birmingham beginning in the 1940s. He was one of the founders of the Inter-Citizens Committee, which gathered affidavits to document racist violence and police brutality. He was preparing to testify before the United States Commission on Civil Rights at hearings scheduled for late April 1963, which were canceled when the SCLC-ACMHR campaign was launched.