Forum Explores 'King in His Own Words'

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January 19, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is not the only thing he left behind. Recorded conversations between Dr. King and President Lyndon B. Johnson were played Wednesday afternoon at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.

The tapes were played as part of a forum titled, King in His Own Words.

Professor Kent Germany explored the relationship between King and President Johnson that emerged in the secret recordings that Johnson made during his time in the White House.

Many people in attendance say, aside from his famous speeches, this was the first time they had heard the Reverend's voice.

"President Johnson's tapes are really quite extraordinary. I looked forward to hearing them, especially the things he says about Martin Luther King," said retired UVa professor, Paul Gaston.

Professor Gaston will be speaking on Tuesday, Jan. 25 about the time Dr. King visited Charlottesville and spent time with UVa students.

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