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Dr. King's Tar Heel Travels

Posted January 15, 2007 8:28 a.m. EST
Updated January 16, 2007 7:25 a.m. EST

Today as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King you might want to drive by Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus and reflect a few moments on the civil rights champion. Dr. King spoke to a crowd of 4,500 at Reynolds Coliseum on July 31, 1966. The Ku Klux Klan countered with a rally at Nash Square in Raleigh that day. If anyone reading this blog attended MLK's speech at Reynolds we would love to hear from you on your reflections. There is very little information on-line about the specifics.
Dr. King made his first visit to Greensboro on February 11, 1958. He gave two speeches at Bennett College. He told the crowds: "We are breaking loose from the Egypt of segregation and moving into the promised land of integration." Dr. King returned to Greensboro in 1963 to pay tribute to the students who staged the historic sit-in at the Woolworth lunch counter.