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Civil Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Point Loma Nazarene University's Ryan Library created this web site and the library's display cases, Spring Semester 2017. Some links may be accessible only to members of the PLNU community.

MLK in Golden Gym

King speaking in Golden Gym

Information on the day and speech.

Dr. King visited San Diego on May 29, 1964.  He traveled the country to gather support for the National Civil Rights Act which later that year would be signed into law.  That day Dr. King gave several speeches across the city.  The largest of these gatherings was in Golden Gymnasium located on the campus of what is now PLNU. In 2006, through the support of PLNU alumni and campus departments, an interactive kiosk was constructed to memorialize the event.  2014 a plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of the event was placed in the gym.(See below)  

The speech's theme was "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution."  The San Diego History Center reported on the activies of the day including the text of the speech.


Resources on King's speeches

Below is a representative list of electronic resources found in Ryan Library. These resources are examples of King's oratory expertise and its impact on the civil rights movement.  Access these videos and eBooks using your PLNU Network ID and Password.  This is the same way you access Canvas and campus Gmail.  Check with a librarian for additional resources.


King's MountainTop Speech

On Non-Violence and Christian Love  The first few seconds are blurred but then the picture becomes clear.

No Easy Walk 1961–1963 The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as King emerges as its most visible leader. From the PBS award-winning series "Eyes on the Prize."


Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Theology of Resistance

Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic: His Final, Great Speech

Ring Out Freedom!: The Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement