Activism in Central Park (Virtual Tour)

Photo by Hartmut Schmidt

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and his spirit of civic expression by exploring how trailblazer activists have and continue to shape Central Park as a democratic space.

Did you know that in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a protest and gave a speech in Central Park? In doing so, he joined and helped re-ignite a long tradition of activism in the Park. From the urban parks movement in the 1800s to contemporary Black Lives Matter demonstrations, civic activism has defined Central Park no less than its woodlands and meadows.

In this virtual tour, offered in January in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Conservancy guides will reconstruct, using rare archival footage as well as contemporary images and sounds, the making of Central Park as a democratic space where people feel empowered to use their voice and take a stand.

This is a virtual program that takes place over Zoom. Closed captioning is available. Only one ticket per group necessary. Please note: confirmation email may be diverted to your junk mail.

Photo: An antiwar demonstration in Central Park, 1969 (Hartmut Schmidt)

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