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Nearly 45 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the University of Dayton Fieldhouse on a snowy November night, his words have once again returned to campus.

University of Dayton poet and professor emeritus Herbert Woodward Martin has donated a long-lost reel-to-reel audio recording of King’s speech discovered earlier this year in a box in his Washington Twp. garage.

“Considering the University of Dayton has hosted a triumvirate of leaders from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, it seems right to have Dr. King’s speech archived at the University,” Martin said, referring to past University of Dayton lecture speakers Andrew Young, United Nations ambassador and friend of Martin Luther King Jr., and King’s wife, Coretta Scott King.

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