United States Information Agency Audio Recordings Collection
Sound recording of an address before the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia delivered at the Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C., on February 10, 1962, by Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) Edward R. Murrow. Director Murrow pays tribute to former President Abraham Lincoln and describes the examples he set. He notes that it is the year marking the hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and discusses civil rights in the United States, the legacy of slavery and the Civil War, and continuing challenges to equality for African Americans. He discusses emerging nations in Africa. He briefly mentions a recent announcement by President John F. Kennedy of his intention to appoint the first African American to sit in the President's Cabinet. Accession MR-1972-096-008.