University of Louisville to Unveil Never-Before Seen Martin Luther King Jr. Photos

As part of Black History Month, the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law will unveil never-before seen photos of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking in the school’s Allen Courtroom.

Five of the 12 photos will become part of the permanent display at the courtroom’s entrance, along with a plaque commemorating King’s 1967 visit.

Law school librarian Robin Harris says she recovered the photos with the help of U of L’s Archives and Special Collections and U of L alum Steve Porter.

King was in Louisville to speak that evening at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said Harris, who noted that King’s brother, the Rev. A.D. Williams King, was a pastor in Louisville.

So, Dr. King visited several times in the ‘60s while his brother was a pastor here,” Harris says.

King spoke at U of L’s school of law on March 30, 1967 after receiving an invitation from Steve Porter, a law student at the time.

In a statement, Brandeis School Dean Susan Duncan says: “It’s gratifying to know that King spoke here. Because—even 50 years ago—this university was a trailblazer in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness.”

The photos will be shown at the Graduates of Color reunion on Feb. 28, a free, public event.

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