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On Wednesday, April 4, 1968, an assassin shot civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, TN. He was 39.

Fifty years later, Canisius College joins churches and houses of worship, nationwide, along with the King family, to mourn him. On Wednesday April 3, as a mark of respect, the bells of Christ the King Chapel tolled 39 times for Dr. King’s age at the time of his death.

Next week, when classes resume, the commemoration continues. Please join together to hear Dr. King’s last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” The event will take place Thursday, April 12 in the ALB Library Learning Center, 1st floor, at 2 p.m.

His speech, given the night before he died, reveals Dr. King’s mood, motive, feelings of futility and the need to restore hope, civil rights and equality for the poor and people of color. He was called to Memphis to lend support to striking sanitation workers whose colleagues had lost their lives due to unsafe working conditions.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the speech and share their thoughts about Dr. King and his legacy.

These events are coordinated through the Office of the President, the ALB Library and Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ, Archives & Special Collections, Campus Ministry, members of the Immersion East Side Ignatian Seminar and All-College Honors program.

Light refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, Archives & Special Collections