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#123 – Stanley Levison

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Stanley Levinson was a Jewish-American businessman and lawyer. A civil rights activist his entire life, he was a a good friend of Martin Luther King Jr., helping to write many of his speeches. Most notable was his work in drafting MLK’s most famous and iconic speech, “I Have a Dream.”

However, issues began to come up for Levison as he increased his profile. The FBI began monitored him for alleged Communist sympathies, and he began using Clarence Jones as a sort of middle-man in conducting his activies. Jones also assisted in the drafting of the “I Have a Dream” speech.


More resources:

15 Things You Might Not Know about the ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech


Dangerous Friendship: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers (JSTOR)