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Former Hawkeye Coach's Connection to MLK
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS News) -- Fifty years ago, George Raveling was a 26-year old former college basketball star, who as a last minute volunteer, had a coveted spot near the podium during Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic speech.
But George Raveling's story really begins.With what happened after the speech. The words Dr. King spoke that day are legendary. But as for the three pages they were written on, Raveling simply tucked them away in an autobiography of Harry Truman and forgot about it.
Raveling embarked on a successful career as a college basketball coach. Then one day in 1984, a local newspaper reporter interviewed raveling about the significance of being the first African-american coach at Iowa.
They found the speech right where he left it - tucked in the truman book. The typed document has been framed and in a bank vault for the last 30 years. At age 76, raveling considers himself the guardian of the speech.