CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – A man who helped write Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech will speak next month at a Southeast Missouri State University dinner honoring the slain civil rights leader.

The Cape Girardeau school says Clarence B. Jones was King’s political adviser, counsel and draft speechwriter. He’s now a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University.

Jones also is the co-author of “What Would Martin Say?” and “Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation.”

Southeast Missouri State’s event will take place Jan. 22, two days after the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

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