Remembering MLK, Now Owned By Nike

As we, like a lot of you we suspect, spend the Martin Luther King holiday, you know, working, we remind of the sports tie-in to MLK's famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

You know who ended up with the notes for the speech? Former USC coach George Raveling.

King ended his oration with the unforgettable line: "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last." With sweat pouring out of him, he stepped back, blotted his forehead with a handkerchief, and waved farewell as he headed off the crowded makeshift platform. That's when Raveling made his move. "I was only about four people off to the side of King," he remembers. "I don't know what possessed me but I walked up to King and calmly asked �Can I have that copy?' Without hesitating he turned and handed it to me. And just as he did a rabbi on the other side came and said something to him, congratulating him on his speech and that was essentially the end of it as far as me acquiring the speech. Of course nobody, including myself, realized that this was going to take on the historical significance that it did."

Raveling now works for Nike, so, uh, we guess the speech is in good hands?

Remembering Dr. King [Money Players]