Martin Luther King Jr. at Notre Dame

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking in Stepan Center at Notre Dame, October 18, 1963

On October 18, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Notre Dame’s Stepan Center.  The South Bend Citizens’ Civic Planning Committee organized the event, which was  a fund-raiser for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  Full-capacity was expected, with faculty, students, and community members in the audience.

King spoke of the problems of segregation, discrimination, and the civil right movement.  He also talked of similar issues throughout the world — “The world has shrunk into a neighborhood — now we must make it a brotherhood or we will die together as fools.” [Scholastic, October 25, 1963, page 13]

To see video of this speech, contact the Audio/Visual Archivist.

Scholastic, October 1963