I notified people on Facebook and Twitter regarding this interview a couple days ago, but I realize many who read this blog may not be connected to me via social media, so I want to place a link here as well. WNYC has released a previously unedited interview with Martin Luther King, Jr., recorded in 1961. You can listen to it here.

Dr. King discusses a variety of thing related to being Black in the south, his education, his reason for becoming a minister, his understanding of the “social Gospel”, his approach to non-violence as influenced by the teachings of Jesus and Gandhi, and much more.

One quote from early in the interview that I appreciated in this one (statement starts around 2:54): “I came to see that religion could be emotionally satisfying as well as intellectually respectable.” I agree, Dr. King!