2016 Archives

SMU to present MLK speech and photo to Dallas Civil Rights Museum

January 15, 2016

In recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1966 speech at SMU, the University will present a bound transcript of his words and a photograph of him taken at the event to the Dallas Civil Rights Museum on Jan. 15. 

The presentation will take place at the museum’s 4 to 9 p.m. open house and celebration in honor of Dr. King’s birthday, who was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta and would have been 87 years old this year. 

Current SMU student leaders will make the presentation, representing the student leaders who invited Dr. King to speak at SMU on March 17, 1966 – one of the first universities in the south to extend such an invitation. 

Retired minister and former SMU student leader Charles Cox ’67, ’75, ’79, who met Dr. King as he arrived at Love Field in 1966, also will attend. The transcript is being presented to the leaders of the Dallas Civil Rights Museum, including Dr. Michael Waters ’02, ’06, ’12, chair of the museum board.

The museum is located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Building A.

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