55 Years After "I Have A Dream" Speech, Historian Uncovers MLK’s Lost "I'm Off A Bean" Speech
On the 55th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's iconic I Have a Dream speech, historians have uncovered King's "I'm Off A Bean" speech.
"Sometimes luck is better than skill." said historian Blaire Charles. She happened upon the little nugget of history in a Montgomery, Alabama thrift store. "I saw this amazing old suit jacket and bought it without a second thought. When I got home I reached into the coat pocket and found the speech folded up."
The speech is dated January 1965, shortly after the FBI sent King their infamous letter. Although the speech was signed at the bottom by King, the body of the speech appears to be someone else's handwriting. Professor Charles believes King may have dictated the speech to a friend and the friend placed the note in his/her pocket and forgot about it.
The entirety of the speech is transcribed below:
Phewww, boy this shit hitting! God damn! I'm on one. White people be wildin'. Fuck the FBI, man! Sending me notes and shit. Fuck you talmbout? "You are Done". You can hold deez nuts. Ya dig? Real talk. Real talk. I'm bout to hit up Malcolm. I sweatergod. I'mma hit up Malcolm and it's gon be over for y'all. I'm off that non violence shit. You expect me to stay getting smacked in the face and look back and say "Yes, massa. Please some more." It's quiet for that. Y'all whites claim to be holy but you ain't read the part in the Bible where it says treat others how you wanna be treated? Y'all two faced.
Man, lemme calm down. I'm off a bean right now.
The Smithsonian has announced plans to frame the note in the “Historic Figures Poppin’ Off” Gallery.