Researchers hunt for traces of MLK speech at SDSU
SAN DIEGO — Fifty years ago in May, civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech San Diego State University, yet little is known about the event.
Seth Mallios, chairman of the SDSU Anthropology Department and the school’s historian, is hoping to collect memories and memorabilia from the talk at the school’s Open Air Theatre, but little is known about the event. Researchers have located only two of the estimated 4,000 people who attended the speech and they have only come up with a grainy newspaper photograph of the event, which took place on May 29, 1964.
“When Dr. King came to San Diego State, he had just been named Time Magazine’s `Man of the Year’ and was about to be named the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history — he was already a global icon,” Mallios said. “Yet, the audio and transcript of the speech have…
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