I will do the best I can with what I have, and that’s all that is required of anybody–not to be somebody else, but be the best of whatever you are.

DR. BENJAMIN HOOKS - Executive Director, NAACP

1975-1994  MLK Celebration Photos & Videos


20TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1994

Coretta Scott King delivers the keynote address for the 20th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at MIT, held on February 11, 1994. The day's theme is "The Movement for Economic and Social Justice: 1994 and Beyond." Mrs. King is introduced by MIT President Charles M. Vest.

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Coretta Scott King Procession at 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration (1994)

On February 11, 1994, Coretta Scott King is escorted to Kresge Auditorium during the traditional silent march at the 20th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at MIT.

 

19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 1993

Rev. William H. Gray III, Democratic congressman, minister and President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, presents the keynote address, "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?," at the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 January 1993.

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18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (1992)

Margaret A. Burnham, renowned civil and human rights attorney, delivers the keynote address on the theme "The Dream and the Reality," 17 January 1992.

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17TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1991

The Seventeenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration takes place January 18, 1991, and features Dr. Benjamin Hooks as keynote speaker [remarks begin at 39:45]. Four students also present a youth perspective on the significance of the celebration in their own lives.

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10TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1984

Bishop John R. Bryant of AME Episcopal Church delivers the keynote, "The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Path to Human Dignity and Freedom". 

MLK Day march at the Student Center, 1984

Front row, left to right: Bishop John R. Bryant (AME Episcopal Church) Paul E. Gray (MIT President), Priscilla K. Gray (MIT Public Service Center co-founder), and Clarence G. Williams (MIT Special Assistant to the President). Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

9TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1983

The Ninth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration takes place January 13, 1983. Jurist and legal scholar Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham delivers the keynote address on the theme "Rekindling the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Time of Retrenchment."

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[Higginbotham also delivers the keynote for the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on February 10, 1995.]

MLK Day march at the Student Center, 1983

Front row, left to right: Paul E. Gray (MIT President), Priscilla K. Gray (MIT Public Service Center co-founder), A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. (Presiding Judge, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review), and Clarence G. Williams (MIT Special Assistant to the President). Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

 

8TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1982

Charles S. Brown of AT&T Bell Laboratories delivers the keynote, "The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the New Movement for Justice". 

MLK Day march at the MIT Student Center, 1982

Front row, left to right: Charles S. Brown (AT&T Bell Laboratories), Paul E. Gray (MIT President), Priscilla K. Gray (MIT Public Service Center co-founder), and Clarence G. Williams (MIT Special Assistant to the President). Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

 

7TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1981

Rev. Leroy Attles of St. Paul AME Church in Cambridge, MA and Samuel D. Proctor--minister, educator, humanitarian, and friend and mentor of Martin Luther King, Jr.--deliver the keynote, "King: What Progress Since the Dream?" 

MLK Day march at the MIT Student Center, 1981

Front row, left to right: Rev. LeRoy Attles (St. Paul AME Church, Cambridge), Paul E. Gray (MIT President), Priscilla K. Gray (MIT Public Service Center co-founder), and Clarence G. Williams (MIT Special Assistant to the President). Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

 

6TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1980

Anthony C. Campbell, Boston University preacher in residence, delivers the keynote, "Do You Remember?" 

 

MLK Day march at the MIT Student Center, 1980

Front row: Rev. Anthony C. Campbell (second from left; Boston University preacher in residence) and Clarence G. Williams (far right; MIT Special Assistant to the President). Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

 

5TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1979

Rev. Melvin G. Brown of the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge delivers the keynote, "The Dream: When Will We Overcome?" 

MLK Day march at the MIT Student Center, 1979

ront row, left to right: Clarence G. Williams (MIT Special Assistant to the President), Rev. Melvin G. Brown (Union Baptist Church, Cambridge), Josie Bertie (Secretary to the MIT Special Assistant to the President), and Paul E. Gray (MIT Chancellor). Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum
Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

 

4TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1978

Jerome H. Holland delivers the keynote, "Keeping the Dream Alive". Holland was the first African American appointed to the MIT Corporation and second African American assigned as ambassador to a European nation, a post he held until 1972.

Left to right: Jerome B. Wiesner (MIT President); Jerome H. Holland (New York Stock Exchange and MIT Corporation board member); Clarence G. Williams (MIT Special Assistant to the President), Paul E. Gray (MIT Chancellor). Courtesy MIT Museum

MLK Day march at the MIT Student Center, 1978

Front row, left to right: Clarence G. Williams (MIT Special Assistant to the President), Jerome H. Holland (New York Stock Exchange and MIT Corporation board member), and Jerome B. Wiesner (MIT President); second row, left to right: Josie Bertie (Secretary to the MIT Special Assistant to the President) and Paul E. Gray (MIT Chancellor). Courtesy MIT Museum

MLK Celebration panel discussion, 1978

hown are keynote speaker Jerome Holland, New York Stock Exchange and MIT Corporation board member (4th from left); Josie Bertie, Secretary to the MIT Special Assistant to the President (5th from left); and Clarence G. Williams, MIT Special Assistant to the President (6th from left). Courtesy MIT Museum

3rd ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1977

Muriel S. Snowdenactivist who founded Freedom House, Inc., in Roxbury, delivers the keynote address on the theme "The Dream: Education is Freedom".
 

 

MLK Day march, 1977

MLK Day march at 77 Massachusetts Avenue. Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

2nd ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1976

Walter J. Leonard delivers the keynote address for the 2nd annual MIT MLK Celebration on the theme "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Friend Remembered". At the time, he was Special Assistant to Harvard University President Derek Bok. Leonard is recognized as the architect of Harvard's pioneering affirmative action plan, which has become a model across the country. In 1977, he became president of Fisk University.

A prayer and a musical performance by the MIT Gospel Choir followed the keynote address. The celebration marked the year Martin Luther King Day was designated an Institute holiday.

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MLK Day March, 1976

MLK Day march at the Student Center the year Martin Luther King Day was designated an Institute holiday. Courtesy MIT Museum

MLK exhibit, 1976

MLK Exhibit in Lobby 7 the year Martin Luther King Day was designated an Institute holiday, January 1976. Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

1st ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 1975

In April of 1968, MIT cancels classes to join the nation in mourning the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. MIT begins its annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1975, seven years after his assassination. Martin Luther King Day becomes a designated Institute holiday in 1976, a decade before its first official observance as a federal holiday. 

Hubert E. Jones

Hubert "Hubie" E. Jones joins the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) faculty as Associate Professor and Head of the Community Fellows Program in 1974. Jones delivers the keynote address at the Institute's first annual MLK Celebration on the theme "Martin Luther King, Jr., what Does He Mean to Me?" In 1977, three years after joining DUSP, Jones leaves MIT to become the first black dean of Boston University's School of Social Work, a post he holds until 1993. Photo: Jones near the time he joined the MIT faculty, 1974. Courtesy MIT Museum

MLK Day march, 1975

MIT's inaugural MLK Day march at the Student Center, 1975. Photo: Calvin Campbell/MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum
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