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MC to dedicate Martin Luther King

sculpture on speech site Feb. 28


       In memory of the civil rights leader’s 1968 address to Manchester College and the community, a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be dedicated on Wednesday, Feb. 28 – very near the actual site of his speech. The public is invited to the ceremony.

       Using the podium from which Dr. King delivered his speech, The Future of Integration, the College will dedicate the 17-inch tall bust created by Fort Wayne sculptor Will Clark.

       King spoke at the college on Feb. 1, 1968, two months before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. It is believed to have been his final campus speech. The event took place in the former Gymnasium/Auditorium, which was razed in 2000.

       The brief dedication ceremony begins 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Physicians Atrium of the Science Center, almost on the site of the former auditorium.

       Sculptor Will Clark, a passionate supporter of minority rights and a historian on Fort Wayne race relations, was an obvious choice to help Manchester memorialize Dr. King’s speech, said College President Jo Young Switzer. 

       Rooted in the tradition of the Church of the Brethren, it is the mission of Manchester College to graduate persons who appreciate the infinite worth of every individual. For more about the College, visit


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