The great Dr. King spoke these immortal words 45 years ago today and they still send chills down the collective spine of most Americans. The Bronx has been paying a small tribute to the great civil rights leader ever since his assassination by renaming The Triangle at Austin Place and East 149th Street in his honor.
According to the webpage of New York City Parks & Recreation: “Mott Haven is an appropriate place for a memorial to Dr. King. Before the Civil War (1861-1864), the area was the site of two stations on the Underground Railroad. The Fugitive Slave Act had decreed that slave owners could come north to search for runaway slaves. One place where a slave on the road to freedom could hide was the villa of Charles Van Doren, which stood at East 145th Street and Third Avenue. Another was the Mott Haven Dutch Reformed Church, which still stands on East 146th Street.”
With Barack Obama’s much anticipated acceptance speech taking place tonight at The Democratic Convention, August 28th becomes even more of a monumentally historic day.