National Press Club

Dr. Martin Luther King's 1962 Address

In July 1962 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the first African American to speak at the Club. An audio recording was made of the speech and filed away in the Club’s Archives and later transferred to the Library of Congress. No television footage of the speech in its entirety exists.

The Club's History and Heritage Committee recently retrieved the recording and found it is of significant historical value. Coming just days after Dr. King was released from jail in Albany, Ga., the civil rights leader outlined his vision for non-violent protest as the best way to achieve racial equality.

2016 Commemorative Programme


Below is the full recording of the July 19, 1962 National Press Club luncheon at which Dr. King spoke. It is divided into three parts: introductory remarks by then-NPC president George Cullen, Dr. King's speech, and the "question and answer" session that follows all club luncheons.


Click here to download the .mp3 audio file.


Click here to download the .mp3 audio file.

Q&A Session

Click here to download the .mp3 audio file.


Below is a newly-commissioned transcript of the entire 1962 recording: