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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday


On this week's A Patchwork Quilt, Kevin Vance will air his award-winning show about Martin Luther King, this Saturday at 5pm.  Listeners will hear a piece of MLK speaking, for a minute or more, then a relevant song to the issue he's speaking to.  The songs come from regular civil rights workers in the streets and the churches, and from popular folk musicians from back in the day, as well as today.

From Kevin:  "Most people's favorite moments from the show are the "I Have A Dream" speech alongside Pete Seeger singing "We Shall Overcome", or Dr. King's final speech and Stevie Wonder singing "Happy Birthday".  But a small personal moment I'm glad I included in the middle of the show, was the portion of the August 1963 speech where MLK talks about a person not able to vote in the south nor would there be anyone worth voting for in the north,  and how people will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."  I added to that a song by Eric Bibb called, "Hope In A Hopeless World" about how hard life still is and yet how there is still an optimism, a way through to a better side.   Please tune in and enjoy again.  Thank you."

This program originally aired in 2004.