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Throwback Thursday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Edition

January 15th, 2015

Each week we’ll be posting a photograph from University Archives that shows a scene from KU’s past. We’ve also scanned more than 1,700 images from KU’s University Archives and made them available online; be sure to check them out!

We’re sharing this week’s photograph in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which will be celebrated next Monday. By 1986, seventeen states had official King holidays. However, January 20th of that year – the date of the KU march shown in the picture below – marked the first nationally-observed holiday commemorating Dr. King’s birthday.

Photograph of a Martin Luther King, Jr. march, 1986

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march, 1986. University Archives Photos.
Call Number: RG 71/18 1986 Prints: Student Activities: Student Protests (Photos).
Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).

For more information about the history of the holiday’s creation, see the King Center’s chronology of the “Making of the King Holiday.” Don Wolfensberger’s essay “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday: The Long Struggle in Congress,” presented for a 2008 seminar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, provides more a detailed history.

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

Brian Nomura
Public Services Student Assistant

Collection Snapshot: Living the Dream

January 21st, 2013

Reposted from the KU Libraries Facebook page:

Picture of marchers with the banner, "Living the Dream - Martin Luther King Jr / University of Kansas Jan. 20, 1986" on the KU Campus

Remembering Dr. King today with an image from the University Archives in the Spencer Research Library, home to some of the most precious materials in the world–and to gems like this one–that capture remarkable moments in our rich KU history.