The Connecticut Basement Tapes Project
Today, WNPR’s Morning Edition begins a series called The Connecticut Basement Tape Project. The concept is simple – uncovering long lost audio gems and bringing them to our airwaves. Maybe it’s a old bootleg packed away in a box, or a conversation on tape, or an audio piece of Connecticut history forgotten for years.
We kick the series off on this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a previously forgotten tape of the civil rights giant.
The year is 1959. The thirty-year old King was invited by the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College to give a speech on the Future of Integration at the Bushnell in Hartford. His address was a full 4 years before his March on Washington, and his famous “I have a dream” speech.
We want for your input for The Connecticut Basement Tape Project. Start scouring your basement or attic and dust off your tape, CD, vinyl, 78, video, whatever format, we’ll make it work.