Past Exhibitions :: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1962 Speech

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Sunday, March 2, 2014
New York Metropolis Hall

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Exhibition Resources:
Online Feature
Press Release

A recent discovery at the New York State Museum has revealed the only known audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s address to the New York Civil War Centennial Commission on September 12, 1962. The passionate speech commemorates the 100th anniversary of the issuance of Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and reviews the history of civil rights in America. Although delivered over 50 years ago, this remarkable address remains poignantly relative today.

We invite you to take a moment and visit this temporary exhibition where you can listen to Dr. King's passionate words as well as view a typewritten copy of the speech, on loan from the New York State Archives, that was annotated by Enoch Squires, the audio engineer who made the recording.

Additional information about Dr. King's 1962 address is also available online:

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