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Atlanta Performer Gives Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speeches New Life

Stephon Ferguson gives a presentation at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
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At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, you’ll find the original Ebenezer Baptist Church. It’s where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first sermon and where he would serve as co-pastor until his assassination in 1968.

Today, it’s no longer a place of worship, but a place where people can learn about the legacy of Dr. King. Sometimes it’s also where visitors can experience what it might have been like to hear the civil rights leader while he was alive. 

That is, at least, when Stephon Ferguson is there. He’s a volunteer who regularly performs Dr. King’s speeches. His ability to imitate the leader’s voice actually has changed his life, as we learn in this Atlanta Sounds story.

  This story originally aired Oct. 10, 2014.