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Audio recording of MLK released by NYS Museum

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Updated: 1/20 2:32 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Museum is offering some new recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on Monday.

The newly recovered tapes were found in the state archives and are the only known audio from his speech commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the preliminary emancipation proclamation in New York City back in 1962.

The tapes have been made available on the museum's website.

Other long-lost audio from Martin Luther King Jr., can be heard as his legacy is honored on Monday.

MLK is heard discussing steps with then-President-elect John F. Kennedy to influence King's release from a Georgia Prison. King had been sentenced to four months of hard labor for a traffic violation.  

"Now, it is true that Senator Kennedy did take a specific step. He was in contact with officials in Georgia during my arrest and he called my wife, made a personal call and expressed his concern and said to her that he was working and trying to do something to make my release possible," said King in the recording.

The sound is from a tape found in a Tennessee attic a few years ago, but parts of it were held back until now. The recording is from an interview conducted on December 21st, 1960, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by a man who intended to write a book about the civil rights movement.  

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