1963 : Martin Luther King, Jr. Visits Western Michigan University

December 18, 2021 all-day

King spoke at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on Dec. 18, 1963, four months after the March on Washington and weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. About 2,000 people showed up during a snowstorm to hear King speak.

At the end of the speech, King said:

I believe that we will be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice. My faith is that somehow this problem will be solved. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation to a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

Yvonne Zipp, Western Michigan University to air ‘lost’ recording of Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech in Kalamazoo, MLive, November 27, 2013.

To see a transcript of the original broadcast and photographs of King’s speech, visit MLK at Western

MyWMU – MLK’s 1963 Campus Visit

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