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A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington, D.C.

Tune in at 10 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, on WQXR.

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

In this hour-long special from WNYC, WQXR host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work — and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.