MetroFocus

DR. KING’S NEW YORK

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>>> SKIES ARE CRYING TONIGHT
BECAUSE WE MARK A VERY SOLEMN,
PAINFUL, POWERFUL OCCASION.
50 YEARS AGO THIS EVENING, WAS
THE LAST NIGHT OF MARTIN LUTHER
KING, JR.'S LIFE.
AND THAT EVENING, HE GAVE A
SPEECH THAT DEFINED HIS LIFE'S
JOURNEY.
I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR
BEING HERE, BECAUSE YOUR
PRESENCE IS PART OF CONTINUING
HIS DREAM.
>> LET US RISE UP TONIGHT WITH A
GREATER READINESS.
LET US STAND WITH A GREATER
DETERMINATION AND LET US MOVE ON
IN THESE POWERFUL DAYS, THESE
DAYS OF CHALLENGE TO MAKE
AMERICA WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE.
WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE
AMERICA A BETTER NATION.
>> LAST NIGHT, NEW YORK CITY
HONORED THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.'S
FINAL SPEECH.
MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO ALONG WITH
POLICE AND THE PARKS DEPARTMENT
WERE ON HAND TO LIGHT THE ARC IN
CITY PARK.
ADDRESSING INJUSTICES TO
AFRICAN-AMERICANS, WHILE CALLING
FOR UNITY AND NONVIOLENT
PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
AND WHILE MUCH OF DR. KING'S
ACTIVISM WAS CONCENTRATED IN THE
SOUTH, FROM MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA,
WHERE THE HISTORICAL BUS BOYCOTT
TOOK PLACE, TO THE STEPS OF THE
CAPITOL, WHERE HE DELIVERED HIS
FAMOUS "I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH."
AS PART OF OUR OWN CHASING THE
DREAM SERIES.
THAT IMPACT IS NOW TANGIBLE
THROUGH A COLLECTION OF
PHOTOGRAPHS TITLED KING IN NEW
YORK THAT TRACES THE CIVIL
RIGHTS LEADERS ENCOUNTERED IN
THE BIG APPLE FROM THE 1960s,
UNTIL HIS ASSASSINATION IN 1968.
I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME THE
CURATOR OF THE DISPLAY.
HOW DID YOU COME ACROSS THESE
PH
PHOTOS?
>> WE WANTED TO COMMEMORATE MR.
KING ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF
HIS DEATH, WE HAD A FEELING THAT
HE HAD A CLOSE CONNECTION TO NEW
YORK AND WAS HERE A LOT.
SO WE STARTED DIGGING AND FOUND
A LOT OF PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHS,
COLLECTIONS, AND WHAT WE FOUND
WAS HE WAS HERE A LOT, AND HIS
PRESENCE IN NEW YORK REALLY
PROVIDES AN INTERESTING LENS
THROUGH WHICH WE CAN VIEW HIM IN
A KIND OF BROADER WAY.
HIS CIVIL RIGHTS WORK, BUT HOW
HE RELATED IT TO GLOBAL ISSUES,
HE SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE VIETNAM
WAR ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS IN NEW
YORK CITY, REALLY USED THE CITY
AS A STAGE TO DO SO, TALKED TO
LABOR UNIONS HERE.
SO WE BEGIN THE SHOW WITH A
SERMON HE GAVE AT ST. JOHNS THE
DIVINE DURING 1956 WHEN HE WAS
JUST BECOMING A NATIONAL FIGURE
AND HE SPOKE TO 12,000 PEOPLE
THERE AND SORT OF JUST TAKE IT
FROM THERE, HOW NEW YORK
PROVIDES A GREAT MEDIA
OPPORTUNITY FOR KING AND AS THE
KIND OF GAETEWAY TO THE WORLD AD
PROVIDES A PLATFORM FOR HIM TO
SPEAK ON A RANGE OF ISSUES, BOTH
LOCAL AND GLOBAL.
>> AND I THINK THAT DOES SPEAK
TO THE WAY THAT WE'RE SORT OF
RELOOKING AT HIS LEGACY, BECAUSE
THERE WAS A LOT OF UNION WORK
THAT THINGS THAT WORKED IN
CONJUNCTION WITH THE CIVIL
RIGHTS MOVEMENT.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
I THINK AS HISTORIANS HAVE DONE
JUST AMAZING WRITING AND
RESEARCH IN THE LAST 10, 20
YEARS ABOUT THE BLACK FREEDOM
STRUGGLE AND WORK THAT HAS
SHAPED ME AS A HISTORIAN AND A
CURAATOR WANTED TO REPRESENT THT
INDIVIDUAL FORM, HOW THE CIVIL
RIGHTS MOVEMENT HAD A GLOBAL
SCOPE AND HOW KING DENOUNCED,
NOT JUST RACISM, BUT MILITARISM
AND MATERIALISM AND TO SUPPORT
SO MUCH OF THAT WORK THAT HAS
BEEN TAKING PLACE IN THE LAST
SEVERAL YEARS.
>> HOW BIG IS THIS EXHIBIT WE'RE
TALKING GOT?
THIS ISN'T JUST A FEW
PHOTOGRAPHS, CORRECT?
>> IT'S OVER 40 PHOTOGRAPHS, WE
PACK THEM IN.
IT STARTS IN 1956 AT ST. JOHN
THE DIVINE, AND THEN WE GO UP,
HE SPOKE IN CARNEGIE HALL IN
1958, ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN
THE BIRTHDAY OF THE ICONIC BLACK
ACTIVIST.
AND IT WAS A VERY INTERESTING
SPEECH.
AND THEN WE GO BEYOND HIS DEATH
ON APRIL 4, 1968 AND LOOK AT THE
RECEPTION OF HIS MURDER IN NEW
YORK CITY AND HOW NEW YORKERS
GRIEVED, BUT ALSO CAME TOGETHER,
YOU KNOW, TO PROTEST AND
COMMEMORATE HIM.
>> AND FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE,
YOU KNOW, STUDENTS OF DR. KING,
BUT MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GET TO
THIS EXHIBIT, IS THERE A WAY TO
SEE THIS PERHAPS ONLINE?
OR IF YOU COME TO THE CITY AT
SOME LATER POINT?
>> RIGHT NOW IT'S ONLY ON THE
WALLS OF THE MUSEUM, SO WE'LL
HAVE TO BRING EVERYONE IN THAT
WE CAN.
BUT I DO THINK THERE HAVEN'T
BEEN ANY OTHER EXHIBITIONS ON
THIS TOPIC, SO IT HAS BEEN
EXCITING TO BRING TOGETHER THESE
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM DISPARATE
SOURCES SO IT WOULD BE AMAZING
FOR THEM TO LIVE ON TOGETHER.
>> ESPECIALLY IF IT ADDS TO WHAT
WE UNDERSTAND OF AN INCREDIBLY
GREAT AND COMPLEX MAN.
LISTEN, SARAH, THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR JOINING US ON THE PROGRAM
AND ESPECIALLY FOR THIS EXHIBIT
OF "KING IN NEW YORK."
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.


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