Perhaps the trouble with having made a famous speech every school child can quote is that we tend to think we know Dr. King when maybe we do not. We know about his dream. We've seen representations of his life in movies and on TV. We use the hard-won holiday if we can. But as with most people, there was a lot more to the man than our cliched memory will allow. Consider the following short interview about love and nonviolence. In it, he speaks of love as an organizing principle, which is strong and powerful. This is a different Dr. King from the one who could move millions with the sound of his own powerful voice. In this interview, everything in his manner is kind, gentle -- loving. Perhaps we still have a lot to learn from this man.
And finally, in a different voice, there is this moving sermon in which Dr. King tells of a threatening phone call he received at midnight during the Montgomery Boycott.