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It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old.

Pictured (above): Yolanda King (center) is joined on stage by Lillie Wiley ’91, of the Afro-American Society and Vincent Roux ’90, president of the Undergraduate Student Association, during the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Today, we flashback to January 26, 1990 when Yolanda King visited Canisius to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The daughter of the civil rights leader called upon Canisius students to keep her father’s dream alive and spoke about a new generation of young people whom she described as “too laid back about the struggle for racial equality because they weren’t alive at the time of (her) father.” King then encouraged students to study history, stating “It’s important for young people to know where we have come from as a nation because those who do not know their past are doomed to repeate it.”

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Submitted by: College Communications