A rare 1960 interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recently discovered in an attic in Nashville, TN. Stephon Tull was going through boxes in his father’s attic when he came across an audio reel labeled: “Dr. King Interview, Dec. 21, 1960″. Tull borrowed a friend’s reel-to-reel player and was amazed to hear his father conducting an interview with Dr. King. His father, who is now in hospice care, was an insurance salesman and intended to write a book during the civil rights movement about the racism he had encountered throughout his life in the South. The book was finished, however, and the elder Tull’s conversation with Dr. King, as well as other interviews conducted for the book, ended up in his attic.
In the recording Dr. King talks about the significance of the civil rights movement, his views on nonviolence, and the impact a recent trip to Africa had on him. Dr. King defines nonviolence and “a method which seeks to secure a moral end through moral means” and goes on to say that it “grows ou of the whole concept of love, because if one is truly nonviolent that person has a loving spirit, he refuses to inflict injury upon the opponent because he loves the opponent.”
In addition to the historic value of a previously unheard interview, a historian notes that there is little audio of Dr. King talking about his activities in Africa. Tull will be offering the recording at a private sale later this month.
Rare MLK recording found in attic [CBS News]