Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. toured and spoke in New Jersey many times. The photo above is from the Star Ledger when he toured Newark on March 27, 1968. Honor him today by finding some community service projects. Visit MLKDay.gov to find projects near you!
Here’s another picture of him in Newark thanks to the Star Ledger. This time he’s addressing students at Southside High School.
He spoke at least twice in Jersey City, too. On September 21, 1965, he received an honorary Doctor of Law from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City. Dr. King gave an address titled “The American Dream.”
On Wednesday, March 27, 1968, eight days before his death, nearly 2,000 heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Jersey City. Dr. King encouraged support for his upcoming “Poor People’s Campaign.” Later that day, he also spoke at the Bethel AME church in Paterson where he delivered his last public speech.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any recordings of speeches from New Jersey but you can see some of his more famous speeches here.
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