A news story reported by Sheila Rule in The New York Times on July 11, 1982 bore the headline, "DR. KING VISITS BROOKLYN TO ASSIST AN EFFORT TO REGISTER BLACK VOTERS." It reports that the elder Dr. King went on a voter registration mission, spending time in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. He was there to launch a voter registration drive aimed at registering "300,000 black voters in the borough by the fall," according to the story.
It notes that Dr. King attended a breakfast meeting organized by then-New York State Senator Vander L. Beatty, attended by "ministers, elected officials, political hopefuls and community leaders in calling for increased political participation by blacks. See the full story at The New York Times website.