Overview of Recorded Speeches by Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Posted by Billyjam, February 27, 2015 10:14am | Post a Comment

In honor of Black History Month as well as the legacies of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X I present an overview of some of the available recordings of these two fine African American orators - two activists whose speeches have been sampled numerous times in countless hip-hop tracks - especially back in the golden era of hip-hop when the music was more political. Also in this Amoeblog are a couple of videos of the corresponding speeches by each of these historic political figures. First up is Malcolm X whose 50th anniversary of his death was last Saturday. That day marked the anniversary of when he was shot and killed in New York City on February 21st 1965. Over the years (many after his all too short lifetime that ended months before his 40th birthday)  numerous recordings of speeches by Malcolm X have been released on record and CD, and also digitally. These include the 36 minute Malcolm X Speaks To The People In Harlem (Excerpts), and the 2CD set The Wisdom Of Malcom X whose 29 tracks include such speech segments as "Police Brutality and Mob Violence," "F.B.I. and The Black Muslims," "White News Media," and "Black Women In Prison." Others include The Ballot or The Bullet (Complete Speech) LP, The Unstilled Voice LP, and In His Own Words.

Malcolm X "By Any Means Necessary" (1964)

Meanwhile a perusal of the spoken word section of Amoeba under Martin Luther King Jr. results in even more releases of the man who, as a Baptist minister, had honed a powerful distinctly preacher-like oration style. Included among his recordings are  such releases as I Have A Dream: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968 LP which is a kind of greatest hits of MLK speeches as is the collection In Search Of Freedom (available in both CD and LP formats). This nine track compilation of memorable MLK speeches (or segments thereof) includes "I Have a Dream,"  "Dr. King's Entrance into Civil Rights Movement," "Address to American Jewish Committee," and "Excerpt from Speech the Day Before His Death" (April 3rd 1968).

Another MLK release available is the CD version of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Tapes that runs approx 72 minutes and includes the four tracks/speeches "The Great March to Freedom," "The Great March to Washington," "Free at Last," plus the Robert F. Kennedy orated "Eulogy."

Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have A Dream" Speech: August 28, 1963

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