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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

A woman finds some old reel-to-reel tapes at a Goodwill store in Phoenix, they turned out to be a long-lost recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's only speech here in the valley. The announcement of this amazing discovery made last week and now there is audio of the slain civil rights leader speaking in Arizona.
      
"How very delighted and honored I am to have the opportunity of coming once more to the State of Arizona" said King during the recording.

A recording of King's only public appearance in Phoenix on June 3rd 1964. He spoke at the old stadium at ASU and at Phoenix's Tanner AME church during his west coast tour he stopped in our state.
    
"Now we are challenged to make this world one in terms of brotherhood one in terms of peace"  said Dr. King.
    
His speeches that day could've been lost forever if a sharp-eyed record collector had not stopped by a Goodwill store at 32nd Street and Thomas.
    
"Went over and I just picked up one of them and it just happened to be the one that turned out to be Martin Luther King it said MLK 1964 " said Mary Scanlon.
    
She bought several tapes at $2.99 a piece. They could have crumbled if she tried playing them but she brought them to an ASU archive. They were sent to be digitized then they heard him speak.
    
"It's just completely unlikely improbable sometimes these things happen apparently someone stored it in their closet for years and years" said Keith Miller an ASU professor.
    
"Just electrifying, it brought tears to my eyes it was really moving" said Scanlon.
    
"The wind of change is blowing in a real sense it is sweeping away an old order" Dr. King said in the recording.
    
Two weeks after King gave this speech Phoenix signed an anti-discrimination law.
    
"What a point of pride that Martin Luther King came here" said Scanlon. A month afterwards.. The Civil Rights act of 1964 was made law.
    
"We have made of this world a neighborhood and now thru our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood we must all learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools" said Dr. King.
    
ASU announced the discovery of the lost tapes last week.hey were recorded by civil rights leader Lincoln Ragsdale an ASU alumna.

The full recordings are available here: http://repository.asu.edu/items/18389

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