Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK at Penn in 1965

Photo credit: University Archives

Long before he became a household name and before he won his Nobel Prize, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a student at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa., and also audited three philosophy courses at Penn’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He returned to campus in 1965 as part of a group of panelists for a special seminar titled “Rule of Law,” held at the Penn Museum (pictured). Organized by Trustee Robert L. Trescher, the program for 400 invited guests was a new approach to Penn’s Law Day observance. Next-day coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer quoted King: “Justice at time proceeds with a halting gait and the law has often been slow to speak for the poor, the dispossessed and the disenfranchised.”

Originally published on January 10, 2008