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Sac State to celebrate 50th anniversary of King’s campus visit

Martin Luther King Jr One of the most significant speeches ever delivered at Sacramento State came on Oct. 16, 1967, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his vision for peace and justice with thousands of students and others at Hornet Stadium. The 50th anniversary of that speech, the only one King delivered at a California State University campus, is being celebrated with a full day of activities this coming Monday, Oct. 16.

Nationally known figures will be a part of the celebration, including Tavis Smiley, a radio and television host, philanthropist, author, and advocate, who will deliver two addresses. A Unity March, a tree planting, a film screening, a gospel concert, and a gallery tour also will be featured.

The day is meant to bring to mind how a man known throughout the world brought his message to a still-young school known then as Sacramento State College, and how his words still resonate at what has become one of the nation’s most diverse universities.

Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, co-chair of the celebration’s planning committee and an associate vice president in Student Affairs, summed up the day: “We celebrate as a reminder to live out his dream daily by educating students for leadership, success, and service, and working to build vibrant communities that embody diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
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