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Washington Square Park arch will light up to celebrate anniversary of MLK’s final speech

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Dr. King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech will also be played in its entirety to commemorate its 50th anniversary

Washington Square Park Arch

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech entitled, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” in Memphis, Tennessee, where he addressed the injustices happening across the United States while also calling for unity and nonviolent protests. His speech, delivered on April 3, 1968, also eerily addressed death threats that he had received and the possibility of his premature demise. The following day— April 4, 1968—King was assassinated.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s final speech, the city will light the arch in Washington Square Park and play the audio of the speech in its entirety. Mayor Bill de Blasio will be on hand with First Lady Chirlane McCray, members of the NYPD, and the Parks Department to light the arch.

The event will take place on Tuesday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and will wrap up around 8:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend.