Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Remembering MLK Jr. at MHC

"I stand here with a great sense of appreciation for all that this great institution has given to the cultural life not only of our nation, but also to the world," said the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fifty years ago during his visit to Mount Holyoke College. 

On Sunday, October 20, 1963, the Rev. Dr. King participated in a religious ceremony in the amphitheater by preaching a sermon entitled "Three Dimensions of a Complete Life." It was a sermon he gave and modified throughout his career; indeed it was his audition sermon at First Dexter Baptist Church, according to the King Papers Project at Stanford University.

In 2009 the Mount Holyoke Archives & Special Collections received a gift of a recording of this sermon that had been made by a local minister who attended the service. The recording was then reformatted from audio tape to a digital file and made available to researchers to listen to in the Archives' reading room. 

Today, October 23, at 12:30pm the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life invites the Mount Holyoke community to commemorate Dr. King's visit with a special event in the amphitheater, including the opportunity to hear excerpts of his sermon. 

To hear the complete sermon, visit Archives & Special Collections in Dwight Hall, Monday through Friday, 9:30am to noon and 1 to 4:30pm. 

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