October 25, 2007

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University observes 40th anniversary of MLK visit to campus
History, culture and arts mingle

Sacramento State remembers
Martin Luther King’s visit to campus 40 years ago

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Students, staff, faculty and members of the community turned out to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to the campus Oct. 16.

Observance activities included a welcome and reflection by faculty and administrators and performances by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Sacramento Metropolitan Community Choir and the Sacramento Black Art of Dance troupe.

Guest speakers included two prominent authors who have written about the civil rights movement. Juan Williams is a senior correspondent on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and author of the nonfiction bestseller, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. Clayborne Carson is a history professor at Stanford University and is the director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. He’s also the author of, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s. 

King visited the campus Oct. 16, 1967 after receiving an invitation from the University’s Cultural Programs Committee. He spoke to a crowd estimated at 7,000 at what was then the soccer field and is now the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex.