On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered a speech for eternity, presenting almost 250,000 people with the oratorical masterpiece "I have a dream."
When he was done, King stepped back from the podium, folded his speech, and stood in front of George Raveling, a former Villanova basketball player who, with his friend Warren Wilson, sought additional security during Dr. King had been asked, "We were both big, lanky guys," said Raveling in 2003 TIME . "We did not know what we were doing, but we certainly decided to make a good appearance."
Raveling saw the folded papers in King's hands and asked if he could have them. King gave the young volunteer the speech without hesitation, and that was that.
"At no time do I remember thinking, 'Wow, we have this historical document,' said Raveling Sports Illustrated As Raveling did not know that he was holding an important piece of history in his hand, Raveling went home and put the three sheets into a Harry Truman biography, sitting there for almost two decades while Raveling had an impressive career as a trainer
He recently took charge of the head coach at the University of Iowa in 1984 and spoke to Bob Denney of the Cedar Rapids Gazette when Denney marched to Washington, where Raveling dropped the bomb "You know, I have a copy of this speech," he said, pulling her out of the Truman book. After writing an article about Raveling's connection, the reporter dropped the speech prof Essentially frame the coach.
Although Raveling presented the framed speech at his home for several years, he began to recognize the value of the piece and brought it to a vault in Los Angeles, even though he received offers for King's speech – a collector wanted the 2014 speech Acquire for three million dollars – Raveling has rejected them all, he has held talks with various museums and universities and hopes to be able to present the speech in the future, but at the moment he very much appreciates his ownership.
"For me, this is something I can always look back and say I was there," Raveling said in the original article of the Cedar Rapids Gazette . "And not just out there in this arena of people, but to touch dis when you're 80 or 90 years old, you can look back and say," I was in close proximity to Abraham Lincoln when he brought up the Gettysburg address. "
" I have no idea why I even asked him about the speech, "said Raveling, today CEO of Coaching for Success. "But I am sure glad that I did it."