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Occupy SLU Commemoration: Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Reading

Monday, 14 October, 2019

Saint Louis University will honor the vents of Occupy SLU with a community reading of a speech delivered by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at SLU in 1964. The reading will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, in the Cook Hall auditorium.

King visited SLU in October 1964 two days before he won the Nobel Peace Prize and two months after he had given his seminal “I Have a Dream” speech. King was invited to speak by the University’s Student Conclave Issues Series, an extension of the student body government at the time. King spoke about racial inequality and social change.

The University has marked the speech annually, and this year’s community reading is part of the campus’s Occupy SLU commemoration. As part of the reading, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement selects influential campus leaders to read excerpts from King’s speech. University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., is set to lead off this year’s reading. Those selected to read are members of the SLU community who embody’s King’s message.

This year’s reading will be live streamed to allow all faculty, staff and students can take part. 

Cookies and punch will also be offered.