Honoring Manchester's Tradition of Peace and Justice


Fifty years ago, on Feb. 1, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an overflow audience at Manchester on “The Future of Integration.” Security was tight. Tensions were high. They were turbulent times for a divided nation grappling with race relations, social and economic inequality, and the entanglements of a protracted military conflict.MLK50-180px

Half a century later, these remain vexing issues in America.

Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, Manchester University will explore these topics as we pay tribute to Dr. King’s legacy. We will reflect on his teachings of nonviolence. We will celebrate the lives of Manchester graduates who advanced the causes of justice and human dignity. And we will prepare for the new Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center where people from all walks of life will gather for difficult conversations that lead to a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.

At Manchester – where King delivered his last campus address before his assassination – we welcome each other as we are and then encourage each other to discover our best selves. To join us on that journey, please visit this page throughout the year as we announce events that pay tribute to a watershed moment in Manchester history.

Related Events:

“This is Who We Are,”
Aug. 29, 2017, 3:30pm, Cordier Auditorium

Pre-screening of Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” episode and panel discussion
Sept. 7, 2017, 7pm, Cordier Auditorium

International Day of Peace observances
Sept. 21, 2017

Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence
Oct. 24, 2017, 3:30pm-4:45pm, Cordier Auditorium

Sankofa: A Journey Toward Racial Righteousness 
Nov. 6, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level

World Trivia Night featuring a category dedicated to MLK
Nov. 15, 2017, 6pm, Fort Wayne campus
Nov. 17, 2017, 6pm, N. Manchester campus

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
Dec. 10-31, 2017, available for limited time on website

MLK Service Projects (N. Manchester & Ft. Wayne)
Jan. 15, 2018

Bending towards justice: Dr. King’s Visit and the Manchester Legacy”
Jan. 31, 2018 - Feb. 28, 2018, Otho Winger Hall, Link Gallery

MLK 50 Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony
Feb. 1, 2018

Where do we go from here?
Feb. 6, 2018

Civil Rights Heritage Trip
March 2018

Alumni Days
June 5-7, 2018