A King Among Us

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., seen here with his wife, Coretta Scott King, and Oberlin College President Robert Carr, received an honorary degree in humane letters from Oberlin in 1965. His commencement address, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” speaks of the importance of taking action in the form of nonviolent resistance.

While King had previously visited Oberlin several times, his 1965 commencement address came during the height of the civil rights movement. It was his last formal appearance at the college before his death in 1968.

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Photograph Courtesy of Oberlin College Archives