Martin Luther King Jr. in Berlin
Martin Luther King Jr. visited Berlin in September 1964 on the invitiation of then-Mayor Willy Brandt. Brandt and King were introduced when Brandt visited the US in 1961. In Berlin to help open the 14th annual cultural festival, Dr. King spoke at a memorial service dedicated to John F. Kennedy, who had visited Berlin only the year before and was a personal friend of Dr. King. He was also invited to deliver the Day of the Church sermon in Waldbühne amphitheater near the Olympic Stadium. Over 20,000 West Berliners attended his sermon.
King then did what many Americans wouldn't dare: he crossed the border into East Germany. In East Berlin, he delivered two sermons and met with his fellow clergymen. During his sermon at St. Mary's Church, over 2,000 East Germans crowded in to catch a glimpse of the man, who even then was becoming legend.
King in East Germany
Martin Luther King's Legacy
Dr. Martin Luther King ranks among the most celebrated Americans to ever visit Berlin, and his legacy can be seeen all over Germany, not just in the capital city. Numerous memorials dot the city itself, remembering every visit he made in his days-long trip to the city.
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Written By Lauren Rogers