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Accession #MC2002/154b
TopicKing, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther: Visit to North Manchester, 1968,
KeywordsFamous People, Important Person, Civil Rights, Justice, Minority, Diversity, African American,
TitlePresident's Office Papers
SubtitleMartin Luther King Manchester College Visit Records
Size1 File
LocationSmall Box39 - King, Martin Luther
CitationPresident's Office Papers, MC2002/154b, Archives and Church of the Brethren Collection, Funderburg Library, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.
AccessRestricted - Researchers are responsible for determining copyright status of archived materials where this is relevant to their intended use of the materials.
ProvenancePresident's Office, (originally from files of Dr. Robert Mock, former Minister to Students)
Scope and Content

The file contains:

Correspondence arranging the May 11, 1967 and February 1, 1968 visits.

A biographical sketch of Dr. King.

Several letters and postcards from alumni and other concerned people, urging Manchester to reconsider allowing Dr. King to speak on campus.  Some included newspaper clippings.

Notes regarding media coverage of the event and event security issues.

Text of "The Future of Integration,"  Dr. King's speech.

Newspaper clippings reporting on Dr. King's visit.

A collection of post-convocation surveys giving student opinion of Dr. King's speech.

Date of AccessionUnknown
Bio History Note

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke on Manchester College's campus on February 1, 1968 (he was originally scheduled to speak on May 11, 1967, but the visit was postponed).  His visit to Manchester was the last appearance he made in Indiana.  He was assassinated shortly afterwards, on April 4, 1968.  Dr. King's visit to Manchester  was very controversial and caused divisions among the people of North Manchester as well as among Manchester College's own student body and alumni.

Archivist NoteDate of Accession: August 2002.

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