Dr Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King gave his iconic I have a dream speech at the height of the American civil rights movement. The movement worked hard to bring about equal rights for black people living in the United States and globally.

The Gramophone Company had a long history of including music from world cultures in its repertoire beginning with taking early recordings of music from black communities descended from slaves in the United States, classical Indian musicians, Native American’s, South American, West African musicians as well as what is now considered western music from Europe and North America.  As such it is no surprise that EMI became the proud owners of the copyright of the speech in 2009 in a deal with the King family.