(Memphis) A lost piece of history was discovered in Chattanooga, TN.
A recorded interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was found in an attic.
It was part of an interview with Dr. King from 1960.
The interview was going to be part of a book on race relations in Tennessee, but it was never finished. Now the story is available for everyone to hear.
In the newly uncovered lost piece of history Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. discusses the civil rights movement as it happened.
In the interview Dr. King told the interviewer, “When the history books are written in future years historians will have to record this movement as one of the greatest epics of our heritage.”
Eight years after the lost interview was recorded, Dr. King was assassinated at the Loraine Motel in Memphis.
Many people hope the discovery of this new tape will shed light on Dr. King’s dream of peace and equality through non-violence.
“It`s just so emotional. I`m at a loss for words,” said Reversa Brown after finding out about the lost interview.
Brown came all the way from Philadelphia to see artifacts from the civil rights era at the National Civil Rights Museum.
She believes the lost interview will help tell that story, “A whole lot of kids who are coming up today don`t realize what he fought for and what he really stood for and with the tape coming out they can see it a little more. A visual for themselves to see what`s going on and what happened at that time.”
In the tapes, Dr. King describes his non-violent fight, “I think the movement represents struggle on the highest level of dignity and discipline. No one of good will can disagree with the ends of the sit in movement, the end to break down all barriers between people.”