Rare Recording Of MLK Speech Found

Jan 20, 2014

Martin Luther King.
Martin Luther King.
Credit NYS Archives

The New York State Museum in Albany is celebrating an important find on this Martin Luther King Day — a recording of a 1962 speech by the civil rights leader that hadn’t been heard since it was delivered in New York City. The museum received a reel-to-reel tape of the speech celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the late 1970’s, but didn’t hear it until this past November. Museum director Mark Schaming says it’s a landmark moment for the museum.

The tape and documents will be exhibited at the New York State Museum beginning February 1.