ANN ARBOR – As the University of Michigan marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a symposium of events lasting through March, a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself to the Ann Arbor campus was nearly forgotten.
He spoke to students at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 5, 1962.
Less than 10 months later, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he would deliver his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C.
Photos of Dr. King's visit to Ann Arbor were rediscovered by chance in 2012 by digital curator David Erdody.
Dr. King shakes hands with students at Hill Auditorium following his speech, Nov. 5, 1962 (Photo: Media Resources Center records, the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)
According to archivist Karen Lee Jania (Erdody's supervisor) at U-M's Bentley Historical Library, the negatives were kept in a box for years.
In an interview with the Michigan Daily, former U-M president James Duderstadt said King's visit stirred waters at the time.