When MLK Visited SMU
|Martin Luther King Jr. addressing a standing-room-only crowd at McFarlin Auditorium in the spring of '66|
It's an estimable march down memory lane: Here's a downloadable file ("for your iPod," natch), and The Daily Campus's coverage of the event. Here too are some excerpts, among them:
I guess probably more than any other question, the one I get over and over again as I journey around our nation, is the question of whether we are making any real progress in race relations. It is a poignant and desperate question on the lips of thousands and millions of people all over this nation. And I guess the only answer I can give to that question is what I consider a realistic one. It avoids the extremes of a deadening pessimism and superficial optimism. I would say that we have come a long, long way in our struggle to make justice a reality for all men but we have a long, long way to go before the problem is solved. And it is this realistic position that I would like to use as a basis for our thinking together this afternoon. As we think of the future of integration and as we think of progress in race relations, we have come a long, long way but we still have a long, long way to go.On a related note, our Dylan Hollingsworth was at the MLK Day Parade yesterday and took some extraordinary shots. See for yourself.