Martin Luther King III
Public Talk
Toward Social Justice

Martin Luther King III

Keynote address and Social Justice Award presentation
May 23, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Hosted season. This is an archived view.

On the evening of May 23, 1962, in Dartmouth Hall, an audience of students and Upper Valley residents rose to their feet to welcome the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

21/22 Hop Hosted

The event, a lecture on the state of the American civil rights movement, was the highlight of the year's Great Issues Course, a core academic component for all graduating seniors of the classes of 1947 through 1966. King's words, their meaning, and the passion with which only Dr. King could deliver them profoundly influenced those who attended the evening lecture.
This year, on the 60th anniversary of this speech, Dartmouth welcomes Dr. King's son, Martin Luther King III, to honor his father's life and legacy, and to celebrate members of the Dartmouth community who show continued commitment to social justice causes. The keynote speech will be followed by the presentation of the Dartmouth 2022 Social Justice Awards. 

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Martin Luther King III is the eldest living child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. He has devoted his life to work in the nonprofit sector, promoting civil rights and global human rights. A member of the board of directors and former president of the Atlanta-based King Center, he is a former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the organization co-founded by his father. He is also founder and president of Realizing the Dream Inc., spearheading nonviolence training in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, he has worked as an election monitor in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

“In order to tell the truth it is necessary to move on and say not only have we come a long, long way but we have a long, long way to go before this problem is solved in our nation"

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., May 23, 1962, Dartmouth Hall

2022 Social Justice Award Honorees

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Anais Ovalle, MD MPH'22
Emerging Leadership Award
Ruth Morgan '96, MD
Ongoing Commitment Award
Craig Sutton
Ongoing Commitment Award
María Clara de Greiff
Holly Fell Sateia Award
Dartmouth Black Student-Athlete Alliance
Student Organization Award

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