Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Public Imagination

Friday, January 14, 2011


On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. did what he’d done countless times before, he began building a sermon. And in his sermons King relied on improvisation - drawing on sources and references that were limited only by his imagination and memory. It’s a gift – and a tradition - on full display in the 'I Have A Dream' speech but it’s also in conflict with the intellectual property laws that have been strenuously used by his estate since his death. OTM producer Jamie York speaks with Drew Hansen, Keith Miller, Michael Eric Dyson and Lewis Hyde about King, imagination and the consequences of limiting access to art and ideas.

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Comments [10]

vincent w.c from ny

that is a very good speech!

Jan. 05 2015 10:03 AM
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Jan. 24 2014 11:00 AM
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is it in the butt?

Jan. 24 2014 10:57 AM
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is it in the bite?

Jan. 24 2014 10:53 AM
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Jan. 17 2014 10:57 AM
Raht Ketusingha from Massachusetts

Patricia McIntosh points to an interesting and important duality of Dr. Martin Luther King and Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the duality of their speeches. Thank you Patricia.
Dr. King and President Eisenhower are in two different sets of gift relations. Lewis Hyde can probably write a whole book (or few) on this duality. I wonder if Lewis Hyde will find it difficult to fit a president into a gift relation.

Jan. 18 2011 10:21 AM
Patricia McIntosh from Bigfork, MT

This was an interesting segment, but, considering the world in which we are living, it might have been more appropriate, and certainly more instructive, if you would have given some time to Dr. King's address on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City. This seems particularly true when one considers that this weekend was the 50th anniversary of Dwight D. Eisenhower's speech at the end of his presidency, during which he addressed the "military-industrial complex." Everyone should be made aware of these two history-making speeches.

Jan. 17 2011 03:33 PM
joanne duran from new york

Today you asked is martin luther king's message of economic equality and human decency is always germain to our national and international situation, where ever people lack economic and social power. There are more people on the planet than ever before and more poor, starving, people living with war and women living as serfs without rights.

Jan. 17 2011 11:33 AM
Raht Ketusingha from Massachusetts

Lewis Hyde's theories on gift relations are beautiful and important to me. I think the more widespread his thoeries are among the modern people the better.

I use plural form --"theories"-- because I think there are many parts to The Gift.

In the spirit of gift giving, many thanks are due. Thanks to Lewis Hyde for his accomplishments. If he were to state what he expect as return gifts (or a return gift) , I will be excited to learn what Lewis Hyde expect to be given back to him.

Jan. 15 2011 02:17 PM
Peli from Washington, D.C.

What a wonderful segment. In essence, MLK was acting as a jazz musician would - improvising while taking bits of other pieces and integrating them into a whole...something new.
I could compare it to rap, too (sampling)...but I don't want to open *that* can of worms.
Great job OTM!

Jan. 15 2011 09:08 AM

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