In commemoration of Martin Luther King Day (January 18, 2016), the Rev. Dennis Gallagher, OSA, PhD, University archivist, collaborated with Joanne Quinn, graphic designer and Communication and Service Promotion team leader, to create this exhibit, “Martin Luther King, Jr., at Villanova University, January 20, 1965.” The exhibit fills two cases and features materials from the University Archives which are located in Falvey Memorial Library. All materials were selected by Father Gallagher; he also wrote the captions that accompany the objects. Quinn created the graphics and arranged the exhibit.
The first case displays two large black and white photographs from Martin Luther King’s visit to Villanova on January 20, 1965, and a typewritten copy of the speech he delivered that day. Father Gallagher describes the first photograph thus, “Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and Nobel Prize winner gives an address at Villanova on January 20, 1965.” The second photograph shows the Reverend John A. Klekotka, OSA, University president, Dr. King and Thomas J. Furst, student body president. In the center is the manuscript of King’s talk, “Challenges of the New Age.” This copy of the speech was donated to the Villanova University Archives by Thomas Bruderle in 2015. Dr. King’s speech was part of the Villanova Forum Series.
Three objects fill the second case: a 1965 Belle Air yearbook, a Villanova pennant containing an image of the Wildcat, and a January 8, 1965 issue of the Villanovan newspaper. The yearbook is opened to display four photographs of Dr. King as he gave his speech. The bound volume of the Villanovan (vol. 40, no. 11, p. 1, Jan. 8, 1965) shows the feature story, “Forum Features Dr. Martin Luther King,” and his photograph.
If this small exhibit whets your curiosity, Falvey has a multitude of books for you. The sources listed below represent just a small part of the library’s holdings.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of a Mind (1982) John J. Ansbro.
Martin Luther King (2010) Godfrey Hodgson.
The Speeches of Martin Luther King (Video) (1988) Martin Luther King.
My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. (1994) Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King’s wife).
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998) Martin Luther King.
King: A Biography (2012) David L. Lewis.