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Dr. King's Message to Ambrosians and the Quad-Cities

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Martin Luther King Jr. in Davenport in 1965

January 2013

"Before the victory is won somebody else may have to face physical death," Martin Luther King Jr. said as he accepted the Pacem in Terris award in Davenport on April 28, 1965. "If physical death is the price some must pay to free their children from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive."

In the midst of an academic year dedicated to examining the issue of race in America, the eerie prescience in that message and its still not fully fulfilled promise of redemption must surely resonate with Ambrosians nearly a half century later.

As we honor the day set aside to celebrate the great freedom fighter's life and achievements, we invite you to explore the words Dr. King shared within a mile of our campus on that historic spring evening.

Listen to a recording of Dr. King's Pacem in Terris speech

Read a transcript of his speech

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