Western Mich. marks 50th anniversary of King visit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) Western Michigan University is marking the 50th anniversary of a campus visit and speech by Martin Luther King Jr. next week with an event.

The event dubbed "50 Years Later: Honoring the Legacy of MLK" is set for Monday at the Kalamazoo school's Bernhard Center. The free public event marks King's speech on Dec. 18, 1963, at Read Fieldhouse.

The midday event will feature audio excerpts of the speech that's not widely heard. It had been lost for decades but resurfaced in 1997 and has since been restored.

Longtime journalist and Western Michigan alumnus Ed Gordon will give the keynote address. He'll also moderate a panel that will examine King's legacy at the university.

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