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Mount Holyoke College Commemorates MLK’s Visit to Campus


SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — It was fifty years ago, when Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited western Massachusetts.

Just two months after giving his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King delivered a sermon at Mount Holyoke College.

Wednesday, the college is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event.

Organizers say Dr. King’s message is as relevant today as it was then.

“So I think for us, it was a time to inspire this community, to remember anew that we were a part of this movement in the past, but that we also have a moment today to be part of the movement to be good for all,” says Jennifer Sanborn, interim Dean of Religious and Spirtual Life at Mount Holyoke.

Parts of King’s speech from 1963 was played during the event, to give participants the feeling from the time.

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