Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.
Dr. King made significant visits to Boston and to Brandeis – he came to the then-new university three times over the course of his career fighting for civil rights. He first spoke on April 3, 1957 as part of the Helmsley Lecture series, a six-part series addressing the topic of race relations. His 1957 talk was entitled “Justice without Violence,” and addressed the segregation crisis in the south and his theory and practice of non-violent resistance. He had previously spoken on Nov. 12, 1956 at the Ford Hall Forum. He returned to Brandeis for the last time on Feb. 25, 1963, shortly before his historic March on Washington.