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Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream' speech was born in North Carolina

August 12, 2015 - An N.C. State University professor has restored old reel-to-reel tapes from a public library in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, proving that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first uttered his renowned "I Have A Dream" refrain in the eastern North Carolina city in 1962, nine months before his historic speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Selma, behind the scenes

March 9, 2015 - Selma today is a struggling, majority-black city that embodies the conflicted legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement. Join us as we visit a whites-only country club, a Confederate memorial, an imperiled river, and a church that helped birth the Black Power movement.

Remembering King's dream

August 28, 2008 - Today marks the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, spoken at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Dr. King gave his landmark speech during the March on Washington for jobs, justice and civil rights before a crowd of more than 250,000 people.