Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Speech at Marietta College

On March 2, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke to a crowd of 3,000 people in Ban Johnson Field House at Marietta College. The title of his speech was "The Future of Integration," and he called on the government to address the issues of poverty and housing. 

King also commented for the first time about the expulsion of black Congressman Adam Clayton Powell (D-NY) for misappropriation of funds, saying that Congress' action was "an expression of a double standard of justice where the Negro is concerned."

Just over one year and one month later, King was assassinated at the age of 39 in Memphis, Tennessee.

The original recording of King's speech at Marietta College is preserved in Special Collections, and thanks to digitization by local historian Scott Britton, we can now listen to this historic event online: