As a follow-up to our previous post on Martin Luther King Jr. in New York City, here is a speech Dr. King gave at the Park Sheraton Hotel on September 12, 1962. The speech honors the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, delivered by Abraham Lincoln 100 years prior on September 22, 1862. This is the only known recording of the speech, and has been presented here with Dr. Kings original notes and transcript of the speech.
If you do nothing else today to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the principles he stood for, watch this short 22 minute video, read along and transport yourself back to a dark chapter in American History through the powerful words of Dr. King. You can learn more about this speech and Martin Luther King Jr. at the New York State Museum.