Martin Luther King speaks at Univ. of Pittsburgh, Nov. 1966  (photo by Ross Catanza) Newspaper clipping from Post-Gazette the day after Dr. King spoke at Pitt Filing past policeman at the University of Pittsburgh are the Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King and others. At left is Peggy Wolak, chairman of the public affairs committee of Pitt's Student Union The Pittsburgh Press story about Dr. King's visit to Pitt on Nov. 2nd, 1966 1961: Martin Luther King being interviewed by WAMO's Charles Gordon during WAMO's broadcast of

1966:  "The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Pittsburgh"

Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love. “

These are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we are honoring his legacy with a series of photographs from our photo archive and newspaper clips from The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King visited the University of Pittsburgh in Nov. 1966 and addressed a crowd of some 1000 students and faculty members jammed into the University of Pittsburgh’s 850-seat Student Union ballroom. In his 50-minute speech the civil rights leader said that non-violence is the “most potent weapon” of African Americans in the fight for equality. “America,” he said, according to the Post-Gazette, “has failed to listen to the plight of the poor Negro.” He observed that ‘winters of delay’ had led to ‘summers of riots.’

"Dr. King drew the largest turnout of students ever to hear a visiting speaker in Pitt’s Student Union. The main auditorium was filled to overflowing and hundreds of students stood or sat in halls and other rooms, listening to his speech by loudspeakers," the Post-Gazette said.

Speaking in solemn, sometimes poetic tones, Dr. King said that “if the United States could spend 24 billion dollars a year to fight the war in Vietnam and almost as much to put the man on the moon then billions could be spent to upgrade the Negro,” the Post-Gazette reported.

"Some people are more concerned about winning the war in Vietnam than they are about winning the war on poverty right here at home," he said. "I must say to you no matter how much I’m criticized for it I never intend to adjust to madness of militarism."

Dr. King ended his speech on an optimistic note: “Despite current problems in the civil rights movement, white backlash and black power, I still have faith in the future.”

  1. inandoutblogger reblogged this from sunset-and-vine
  2. sunset-and-vine reblogged this from pgdigs
  3. damienmun-afuckwitamongmen reblogged this from jackreeds
  4. jackreeds reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  5. worldwarj reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  6. salt-and-pepper-panda reblogged this from ezra-band-guy
  7. redexpense reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  8. foreverstormydays reblogged this from acciotumble
  9. beeboxx reblogged this from angiewarhol
  10. swelldame reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  11. surfer-co reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  12. liberty1776 reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  13. paigeallenyummm reblogged this from acciotumble
  14. angiewarhol reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  15. contagiousreader reblogged this from gonnamakeshithappen
  16. gonnamakeshithappen reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  17. acciotumble reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  18. goldengirlelle reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  19. sweet-pompeii reblogged this from iampuppyhearmesnore
  20. oreorc reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  21. iampuppyhearmesnore reblogged this from restingonourlaurels
  22. restingonourlaurels reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  23. mikrasia reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  24. burghbridges reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  25. reflectionsofchanni reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal
  26. witnessortizle reblogged this from thepittsburghhistoryjournal