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University to Commemorate MLK Visit with Special Reading


Saint Louis University will mark 53 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke to a standing-room crowd in the then-West Pine Gymnasium, now the Center for Global Citizenship, on Thursday, Oct. 12.

MLK SLU speech

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks to SLU students in 1964.

The commemoration will take place at 1 p.m. in the Center for Global Citizenship.

While the University photographed King’s 1964 visit, his speech had been lost. 

However, an audio recording of the speech was recently unearthed by archival staff members at Washington University in St. Louis. SLU archivists have transcribed it.

During the Oct. 12 commemoration, SLU faculty, staff members and students will take turns reading part of the speech.

The entire SLU community is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Regina Walton at 314-977-4585.