City Hall Event for MLK's Nobel Prize

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Announcer introduces program, at City Hall Dept of Sanitation Band performs and another announcer describes the room and schedule.

National Anthem. Monsignor Gregor L. Mooney delivers invocation.

Richard C. Patterson, Commissioner of Public Events, points out Martin Luther King's parents in the audience.

Rabbi Max Schenk reads scripture.

Patterson introduces Mayor Wagner. Wagner references struggle for civil rights, bus boycotts and Rosa Parks, Lincoln Memorial and "his dream," his speech in Oslo. Presents Dr. King with medallion of the city of New York.

Applause and chatter as Dr. King comes to the stage.

Patterson introduces Dr. King. Thanks Mayor Wagner. "These joyous moments are an experience not for myself alone but for all those courageous devotees of non-violence who have stormed the citadels of racial injustice with a majestic scorn for risk and danger." References murders in Meridian, Mississippi. Importance of the war on poverty. "Just as tokenism must be rejected in the struggle for civil rights, it must be rejected in the struggle for economic justice." "Non-violence is the answer." "The need for man to end the oppression and violence of racial persecution, destructive poverty and war, without resorting to violence and oppression." "Americans of all races, colors, and creeds stand ready to broaden the struggle for civil rights to include such basic human rights as the right of all men to nourish their bodies with three meals a day, to dignify their spirits with true equality before the law, to enrich their minds with quality education and culture, and to preserve their lives and civilization itself by the elimination of war and bloodshed from the face of the earth." "Black and white together, we shall overcome."

William E. Gardner, President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York, gives Benediction.

Room noise as the Mayor escorts Dr. King out. Band plays. WNYC announcer concludes program.

See also 71046.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71044
Municipal archives id: RT294