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Mon January 20, 2014

Rare Audio of Dr. King Discovered

Detail of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his address to the New York State Civil War Centennial Commission at the Park Sheraton Hotel.
Credit NYS Archives

As Americans commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., New York State officials have announced a new online exhibition featuring a rare audio recording of the civil rights leader

It's newly recovered audio from the only known recording on September 12, 1962. That's the day Dr. King gave a speech commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City.

State Education Commissioner John King said the New York State Museum's website has exhibited the typewritten text of the speech before, but the audio recording brings it back to life.