How Long? This Long

If he had lived, Martin Luther King would turned 80 years old last Thursday.

He might have attended Barack Obama’s inauguration tomorrow in person. As it is, he will be unmistakably present in spirit.

I’ve posted this video before. It seems appropriate now. Martin Luther King in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 25, 1965:

Stanford has the full text of the speech.

The video is from the film King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis, which was shown in theaters as a “one-time only” event on March 24, 1970, and was later aired just once on network television. A truncated version of the film was once available on home video, and now the full film is being made available on DVD by A Filmed Record, Inc., a non-profit company. The DVD is pretty expensive, but it’s been awaited for a very long time.