Cornell College sent out this release about Dr. King's visit on Oct. 6. Click the button below or the image to see the full text.
Eastern Iowans will have an opportunity to hear Dr. Martin Luther King on October 15 and 16 when the well known spokesman for racial equality will speak on the campuses of Cornell and Coe colleges. The 33 year old Baptist minister will appear on the Cornell Artist-Lecture Series at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 15 in King Chapel and will address an assembly open to the public at Coe the following night in the Coe Auditorium at 6:30p.m.
Undoubtedly the best known advocate for equal opportunity for all races in America, Dr. King has gained international fame for his work. He is president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and is the immediate past president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, Inc. The latter group is the organization which guided and directed the bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama. His biographer, L. D. Reddick, described him as a Crusader Without Violence, and the distinguished journalist, Ralph McGill of the Atlanta Constitution, has said of King: "It's hard to convince some people that Dr. King might one day be looked upon as one of the finest friends the white people of the South ever had. His policy of non-violence is working. He has made violence un-popular, out of fashion, among his own people and among those who oppose him. He could be a force for evil, but, thank God, he's a source for good."
Dr. King has been awarded honorary degrees from nine colleges and universities, and he has received citations and awards from some sixty-five organizations located throughout the United States. In 1957 the Gallup Poll revealed that he was one of the most admired religious leaders in the world, and Time Magazine has named him as one of the ten outstanding personalities of the year.