Martin Luther King, Jr., at Oberlin

(Oberlin College Archives)

Commencement 1965: Rev. Dr. King addresses the 2,500 commencement guests.


"I urge you to continue in the tradition that you have followed so long, for I am indeed happy to say that this institution has probably done more than any other institution to support the struggle for racial justice. You have given your earnings, you've given your bodies, you've participated in demonstrations, and you've participated in the determined struggle to keep this issue in the forefront of the conscience of the nation. I urge you to continue this as you go out to your various fields of endeavor. Never allow it to be said that you are silent onlookers or detached spectators. But that you are involved participants in this struggle to make justice a reality."

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