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Rare Audio of 1961 Martin Luther King Jr. Speech in Mankato Added to University Archives

Transcript of speech also available. KMSU radio provided audio recording of speech.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-10-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato recently added a new digitized collection of audio and print material to its ARCH: University Archives Digital Collections that details a 1961 visit to Mankato by Martin Luther King Jr.

For the collection, Minnesota State Mankato’s campus radio station, KMSU, provided an audio recording of King’s Nov. 12, 1961 speech, titled “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” that he delivered at Mankato High School.

The digital collection also includes a transcript of that speech as well as newspaper clippings related to King’s visit to Mankato.

The full name of the new digital collection is:
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. Speech in Mankato, Minnesota, 12 November, 1961. SMHC Manuscript Collection 259.

According to a University Archives abstract about the collection, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Mankato, Minn., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 1961 as part of the Third Annual Lectureship for the Wesley Foundation, a Mankato State College religious student organization. He gave two speeches during his visit – a speech at Centenary Methodist Church titled “The Good Neighbor,” and the speech at Mankato High School.

For more information, please contact Daardi Sizemore, archivist/special collections librarian, at 507-389-1029 or

Digital Collections at Minnesota State University, Mankato consist of two repositories known as ARCH and Cornerstone. Together these repositories present the scholarly and historical record of the University and region. ARCH: University Archives Digital Collections preserves and provides access to historical information about Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central Minnesota. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works collects and provides access to the scholarly and creative output of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Memorial Library celebrated its 50th anniversary in October.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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