Harcourt Klinefelter

Pastor Harcourt Klinefelter (1938) was the former press officer of Martin Luther King. He walked with thousands of people, black and white, the 3rd Montgomery to Selma march in 1965. He brought a tape recorder and interviewed many people. With the interviews he went to King who said to bring them to Bill Stein. The interviews were broadcasted on national radio and from that moment Klinefelter was responsible for the speeches of Dr. King. At the SCLC-office he met Dutch Annelies Koopmans and married her in 1966. They live in Steenwijkerwold, the north of the Netherlands, and Klinefelter always continued the nonviolent fight for equal rights. 

His biography is titled 'The life of peace apostle Harcourt Klinefelter, the globalization of the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King' by Katrien Ruitenberg (Dutch). Harcourt, also called Harky, still owns the old tape recorder and audio tapes that recorded the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King. The book can be ordered here.

Harcourt's biography was launched April 11, 2018 in Assen, Netherlands. Photo: M. Lensink | Lens-Inc.
Harcourt's biography was launched April 11, 2018 in Assen, Netherlands. Photo: M. Lensink | Lens-Inc.
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Dr. King and Harky, carrying his tape recorder, 1966
Dr. King and Harky, carrying his tape recorder, 1966