Martin Luther King, Jr. visits Stanford (1967)

Published 2016-09-23
Film documents a speech given by Martin Luther King at Stanford University on April 14, 1967 about racism and civil rights in American society. Dr. King contends that there are "two Americas": one "beautiful" and the "other America, " which is an "arena of blasted hopes and dreams." He goes on to explain that "we are seeking to make America one nation."

All Comments (21)
  • Illene Pevec
    I heard Dr King give this speech at Stanford when I was a freshman. It was so inspiring and such a gift to hear him in person. When I relisten now I feel so very sad because 53 years later all he said that day in April, 1967 about what we need to do to solve the "race problem in America" still needs to be done. We are still a nation without equity, without freedom from poverty and prejudice. We have so very much work to do and we must not give up until every child in this country has equal access to excellent education and healthcare and every adult the same.
  • S. Rose Smith
    Dr. King was brilliant. He made these factual speeches without stumbling. I listen to him often.
  • William Jayaraj
    It is a soul searching message by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Long live his inspiring spirit.
  • David Rose Male
    May The spirit of Martin Luther King Jr continue to live on in ALL who Truly Believe in Unity And in Equality. Rest in Power Reverend King.
  • Kamy Sailings
    I love listening to him it’s food to my soul, people don’t talk like him anymore with so much love and truth in their hearts.
  • Mat Cole
    What a great man.
    What a great speech.
  • Andy Appleseed
    Blessings to my King brilliant speaker πŸ™πŸ½β­οΈ
  • Roy Merritt
    This speech was without a doubt the greatest oration ever known in the annals of mankind. I've always thought that since the day I heard it, or at least parts of it considering the time it took place when I was just fourteen years old. I'm certain I didn't hear the entire speech beyond that which Dr. King made and I saw on the CBS Evening News because even then I was a very aware teenager and well knew what was at stake for the Civil Rights Movement which I hardily supported having grown up one of the only few whites in a poor farming community grew up playing and working alongside black people who were in the same boat as us but made all the more problematic for them we having the advantage of white skin.

    But it wasn't much of an advantage and really only granted you some semblance of the benefit of the doubt, the authorities understanding most people in our North Carolina County, which was and is still the most poverty stricken county in the state. Back then blacks and white activist who supported their cause had to contend rabid racist Democrats, and now they have to deal with the same kinds of people only the GOP having transformed itself into a newer version of the Dixiecrats. My seven siblings never demonstrated any particular racist attitude though my father whose father ordered him to vote for Strom Thurmond when he ran in 1948 I believe after walking out of the Democratic Convention over in the integration of the Army.
    My father always did what his old man told him the old man having taking his masculinity and any confidence over the course of his life. But frankly my father and sometimes my mother demonstrated a more paternal attitude toward black people. But I never heard them insult of demean a black person. The community cooperated during harvest seasons of the typical crops, tobacco (main) cotton, corn, potatoes and soybeans. We worked side by side and laughed and dine together always at the end of the season having a communal gathering and having a feast. So racism was lost on me though I realized the dynamics around it and being a inquisitive student of history. My state at one time was considered the most moderate southern state and had a habit of electing centrist incremental Democrats like Governor Terry Sanford. We had mostly tangential racist federal representatives who adopted that attitude to win elections. But then in 1972 we elected perhaps the worse, because of his innate intelligence Jesse Helms who was a keen parliamentarian which he used to obstruct legislation. I'm seventy two years old now I thought at one time the nation could remove the yoke of racism from our collective understanding of what living in a democratic republic requires. It requires what the Declaration of Independence asserts "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal..." These bigots don't want to accept the humanity of black people which seems to me as an atheist the most un-Christian thing all these so-called Christians could do. It seems apparent to me their Deity is astride the Earth on cloven hooves. And what was the catalyst of this resurgence of abject racism was Election Day November the fourth 2008 when Barack Obama was elected. I was full of joy that day as I watched him take the oath of office. It was one of the proudest days of my life. Little did I expect that it would bring the acute racism that has always existed in the country seething to the top once again. White people freaked out and understood that the time at last was coming when they would have to share power with a more diverse nation. The Melting Pot we always proclaimed we were was coming true at last politically and white people understood that changing demographics were transforming America into what it was meant to be a nation of immigrants of many different ethnicities and races. And above all a free nation for all men.
  • ronny rahal
    This is one of his most important speeches
  • Sabrina Williams
    ❀ Martin Luther King Jr. ❀ Was and Still is a Powerful BLACK Man in Death πŸ™πŸ½ You Killed the Man but You will NEVER EVER Kill His Dream πŸ™πŸ½ Rest in Peace Martin Luther King πŸ™πŸ½ Thank You for Everything πŸ™πŸ½
  • Warren Webb
    The most gifted eloquent speaker the world has ever known.
  • Shane Leslie
    Just 7 years before my frosh year at the Farm! How I wish he had lived so I could have heard him live!
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  • Linda CLARK
    One of The Greatest MenThat God Has Formed on this earth
  • Kevin Ebenezer
    A wise man who search truth in darkness, son of Nigro with heart of kindness. A man of century till others century- he observed death close with wiping of sorrow those of come before ours . Is gone home. 😞 his message of truth doesn’t die .
  • Amen πŸ™ praise Jesus for your light πŸ’‘ amongst darkness even when your own color was dark because of dark situations , but you stuck to the love that Jesus required for his to do in the face of adversity hallelujah hallelujah praise Jesus