Martin Luther King Jr. at MHC, 50 Years Later

Rev. Dr. King meets with MHC community members after giving a sermon on campus in 1963. Photo by Vincent S. D'Addario/MHC Archives

A half-century ago on October 20, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited campus and spoke to the Mount Holyoke community when he delivered a sermon in Gettell Amphitheater––just two months after he inspired the nation with his “I Have a Dream” speech during the civil rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

King’s presence at Mount Holyoke is once again inspiring recognition and celebration: The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life invites the Mount Holyoke community to a 50th anniversary commemoration of this once-in-a-lifetime event on Wednesday, October 23, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in Gettell Amphitheater.

“We will listen to excerpts of Rev. Dr. King's sermon, hear from members of our own community, and pay attention to the past as a call to action in this, our moment of need, our moment for change,” said Jennifer Sanborn, interim dean of religious and spiritual life.

In case of rain, the event will be relocated to Hooker Auditorium. Refreshments will be served on the porch of Eliot House after the commemoration.

The Mount Holyoke News reported some of Dr. King’s golden words. In the fight for equality, “We shall overcome,” he said, for “although the arc of the moral universe is long, it bends towards justice.”