The U’s Memorial Ceremony for Dr. King

The current media spotlights on Dr. Martin Luther King after 50 years of his death made me think we should repost the image below of the University of Miami’s memorial service held after 5 days of assassination we hold in our historical photo collection. The image was also exhibited at our February 2017 exhibition “We Were Pioneers,” which contained a display case on Dr. King’s historic visit to the University of Miami in 1966 as well as the memorial service for his tragic death in 1968.

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“Services Will Be Held for King”
The Miami Hurricane, April 9, 1968

Upon Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, the United Black Students and President Stanford organized a memorial service for Dr. King at the Whitten Student Union patio on April 9. Guest speakers included Senator Harry Cane, Rev. Theodore Gibson, Robert Sims, Cecile Rolle, and Archie Hardwick. Fourteen years after Dr. King’s death, President Stanford introduced Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. King, when she spoke at Gusman Hall on October 29, 1980.

The Miami Hurricane Collection
University Archives, University of Miami Libraries

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Also, read The Miami Hurricane article on the subject below:


(April 9, 1968 article on the service – the picture is the only image we could find from Dr. King’s historic visit to the U in 1966.)