In the fall of 1964, Amherst College students could have tuned in to WAMF, the college's student run radio station (now WAMH), and heard the above lecture by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on “The Summer of Our Discontent.” This was a rebroadcast of the first in a series of 15 lectures on race in the United States given at The New School for Social Research in the spring of 1964, as the American Race Crisis Lecture Series. King's speech, given on February 6 to a full hall, addressed the history and underlying causes of the ongoing civil rights struggles, particularly the eventful summer of 1963, and emphasized the value of nonviolent tactics.
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We are pleased to share this recording here in the spirit of advancing scholarship on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of the civil rights movement.
For additional information on the American Race Crisis Lectures Series, The New School’s recording of King’s Question and Answer session, and WAMH see:
For a more complete history of the Amherst College recording, see our blog, The Consecrated Eminence.