On April 14, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at Memorial Auditorium about racism and civil rights in American society. He touched on many of the issues that resonate today: racism, poverty and violence versus nonviolent social activism. He noted that the poor “find themselves perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” For more than 30 years, Stanford has been at the forefront of scholarship about King’s legacy through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Here is an excerpt from his speech at Stanford.

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Video by Farrin Abbott