Martin Luther King Jr. at Columbia

Martin Luther King Jr. with "Owl" editor Wally Wood and other Columbia students at Columbia University in 1961.

January 13, 2023

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., we look back to when he came to Columbia in 1961 and addressed our community and neighbors at the invitation of The Columbia Owl, a then-weekly publication of Columbia's School of General Studies. Dr. King spoke about two campaigns: voter registration drive for Black voters, and urging President Kennedy to outlaw segregation in federal programs. Dr. King inspired Columbians and community members to sit in, stand up, and speak out.

Learn about Dr. King's Harlem connections.

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