King in New York

Through June 1, 2018

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

Commemorating 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.

Jack Garofolo, [King speaks at demonstration against American intervention In Vietnam outside the United Nations], 1967. © Paris Match via Getty Images


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

In-Depth Stories

Movements and Causes Wednesday, January 10, 2018

From Harlem to Hanoi: Dr. King and the Vietnam War

We look back at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s controversial sermon opposing the Vietnam War at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights. Several photographs from the Museum’s collection provide a glimpse into King’s antiwar stance and New York’s role as a key site of activism around the war.

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