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’63 MLK address to be heard at Keuka College on Feb. 20

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Fifty-five years after he addressed graduates of Keuka College, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words will again echo across the campus.

A recently recovered recording of the Civil Rights leader’s June 16, 1963, Baccalaureate Address will be broadcast in the College’s Norton Chapel twice on Tuesday, Feb. 20:

The first – exclusively for students, staff, faculty, and friends of the College – is planned for 12:20 p.m., during Common Hour. The College’s HEOP Counselor Robert Hoggard will speak following the recording.

A second broadcast, at 6:30 p.m., will be open to the general public. Dr. James H. Evans, Robert K. Davies Professor of Systematic Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, will also speak, providing context and perspective, and, if time permits, answering questions from the audience. A light reception in the chapel will immediately follow.

Also scheduled for Tuesday is a related 4:40 p.m. “Know Your Neighbor” discussion led by College Chaplain Eric Detar, also at Norton Chapel. Several members of the Keuka College Class of 1963 will take part.

Dr. King’s speech, which centers on his famous sermon “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” came amid a tumultuous period in the Civil Rights movement. The Birmingham marches against segregation had begun just two months earlier, and fellow Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers had been assassinated just days prior to the address. Indeed, Dr. King came to Keuka Park directly from the June 15 Evers funeral in Jackson, Mississippi.

Following his address, Dr. King was presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from then-College President Dr. William S. Litterick.




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