King in New York

January 13 - June 24, 2018

From an elevated platform, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a gathered crowd of journalists in New York City

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Discover the legendary civil rights leader’s connection to the city.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., King in New York traces the civil rights leader’s encounters with New York from the 1950s until his assassination in 1968. The exhibition’s historic images chronicle King’s sermons in churches and speeches to the United Nations, his discussions about race relations with New York City’s mayor, and his relationships with New York’s own networks of activists. Together, they reveal a lesser-known side of King’s work and demonstrate the importance of New York City in the national civil rights movement.

Benedict J. Fernandez, "Martin Luther King, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza," April 15, 1967. Courtesy of the photographer.


King in New York is made possible in part by James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller, and Heather and William Vrattos.

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