In my time I’ve been blessed to work and talk with some fascinating and amazing people. On occasion I was privileged to learn about history from the people who made it.
One of those times was in February, 2009. I was hosting a morning news/talk program on Lansing’s 1320-WILS and had the opportunity to talk with civil rights leader Clarence B. Jones. Today, at the age of 92, he is the Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute at Stanford University. Fifty years ago he was a friend, adviser and speechwriter to Dr. King. He wrote the first draft of the speech that moved the nation: the “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963. I referred to it in the interview as perhaps the greatest speech of the 20th century. Four-and-a-half years later I haven’t changed my opinion.