Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the University of Michigan, 1962

The Michigan Daily story of April 15, 2012 has an excellent set of photos of MLK's visit to Ann Arbor on November 5, 1962, and the story of how they were discovered.

David Erdody, a digital curator at the Bentley Historical Library, discovered a series of 20 photo negatives in early January that feature King giving a speech and hosting a discussion at the University. These photographs, which have never been printed or published, depict King speaking and greeting a crowd at Hill Auditorium, attending a small discussion in the Michigan Union and having dinner at the University on Nov. 5, 1962.

One of the main archives of MLK materials is at Boston University; there's a set of correspondence with the University of Michigan Office of Religious Affairs that would be worth looking at to round out some of the institutional memory of this event.


1 thought on “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the University of Michigan, 1962

  1. Roger Rayle

    Check out Dr. Larry Brilliant’s life changing account of hearing Dr. King at Hill Auditorium… at about the 25:25 mark in this video of Dr. Brilliant’s inspirational 2011 SNRE Peter Wedge Lecture on sustainability at Rachkham:
    As reported the following day by SNRE News and Updates:
    “Brilliant traced his own career, from sitting on the Hill Auditorium stage with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as an undergraduate in the 1960s to his current role addressing pressing issues of global sustainability.” [http://www.snre.umich.edu/highlights/2011-03-17/dr_larry_brilliant_voiced_urgency_and_optimism_at_annual_wege_lecture_includes%5D
    Think about the coincidences… A young college student with no goals… a stormy night when most people would not venture out to hear an relatively unknown preacher… to therefore being invited on stage to be personally inspired… to happen into a series of unusual experiences… to lead a seemingly impossible effort to eradicate smallpox worldwide… to hold its last victim… and to go on to tackle more world problems. Destiny?
    (P.S. Be sure to watch until at least the 30:50 mark for the best line in the video. Actually, go on and listen to the rest of his talk for his calls to action.)


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