by David Safier
Incredible story in today's column by EJ Montini, ‘Lost’ tape of MLK at ASU in 1964 haunts us in 2014. Mary Scanlon, a graphic designer, found a trove of reel-to-reel tapes in a Goodwill, recordings of a radio show by Lincoln Ragsdale, who was one of the Tuskegee airmen, and the only known tape of a speech Martin Luther King gave at ASU in 1964.
The whole story is worth a read, but I want to spotlight one section of MLK's speech Montini quoted. Beautiful writing, perfectly constructed concept.
“It may be true that morality can’t be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless. It may be true that the law can’t make a man love me, but it can restrain him from lynching me and I think that’s pretty important also.”