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:

Aug. 29, 2017  – “This is Who We Are,”

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

Sept. 21, 2017 – International Day of Peace observances

Oct. 24, 2017 – Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence

Nov. 6, 2017 – Sankofa: A Journey Toward Racial Righteousness 

Nov. 15, 2017  World Trivia Night featuring a category dedicated to MLK, Fort Wayne campus

Nov. 17, 2017
– World Trivia Night featuring a category dedicated to MLK, North Manchester campus

Dec. 10-31, 2017  Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem video

Dec. 12-March 18,Jan. 25, 2018 – Eulogies of Unrest  exhibit in Gallery G of  the Jo Young Switzer Center.

Jan. 25, 2018 – Eulogies of Unrest  artists' reception, 4-5:30 p.m., Gallery G

Reverend Dr. Tim Lake of Union Baptist ChurchFeb. 1

  • 10 a.m. – The Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Lake, senior pastor at Union Baptist Church, to speak at Fort Wayne campus. Keynote address: "The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Love, Peace, and Courage"
  • 2 p.m. – Formal groundbreaking ceremony for Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center.
  • 2-4 p.m. – Reception in for the exhibit “Bending Toward Justice: Dr. King’s Visit and the Manchester Legacy.” It features MLK photos, a timeline of race relations at MU, vignettes of several people highlighted in the fall Manchester magazine, a short documentary of Ted Studebaker and an original painting of MLK by Manchester’s  own Jeff Diesburg. Exhibit Jan. 31-Feb. 28 in Otho Winger Hall, Link Gallery.
  • Reverand Otis Moss the 3rd headshot7 p.m. – Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance & Rededication Ceremony in Cordier Auditorium, with speaker Rev. Otis Moss, III, pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Keynote address: "Answering the Call"      

Feb. 6, 2018 – "Fly, Run, Walk, Crawl – Keep Moving Forward" Spring Convocation; 3:30pm; Cordier Auditorium (N. Manchester campus)

Feb. 15, 2018 Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

Feb. 22, 2018 - Dr. David Ragland. Keynote: "Martin Luther King and the Triple Evils: Grappling with Militarism, Materialism and Racism in our Time"; 7pm; Cordier Auditorium (N. Manchester campus)

Mar 15, 2018
– Poverty Law's Past and Future

Mar 2018 – Civil Rights Heritage Trip