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MLK Visit 50th Anniversary Commemoration: 1967 Visit

Resources to supplement the Law Library's 2017 exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visit to UofL Law School

MLK Visit

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited the Law School on March 30, 1967, and spoke in the overflowing Allen Court Room. Consolidating information about this historic event took several years, and the dedicated research of Librarian Robin Harris and others.

Historical Context

King's visit occurred during the highly contentious debate over racial discrimination in the Louisville housing market. Protests surged in the lead-up to the 1967 Kentucky Derby, when national media attention focused on Louisville provided a platform for leaders from the community and around the country to highlight the struggle for open housing.