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MEDIA ADVISORY: UC Berkeley students to be presented with photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on campus

ATTENTION: City Desks, Photo Desks

16 May 2002
Contact: Carol Hyman, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944


Exactly 35 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke on the steps of the University of California, Berkeley's Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley students will be presented with a photograph of his visit to campus by the Department of African American Studies.


10 a.m., Friday, May 17.


UC Berkeley's Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union, second floor, just outside Pauley Ballroom. The student union is at the corner of Bancroft and Telegraph avenues, adjacent to Sproul Plaza.


*Charles Henry, chair of the Department of African American Studies, who will present the photograph of King speaking on the steps of Sproul Hall.

*Wally Adeyemo, president of the UC Berkeley division of Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), who will receive the 24-by-36-inch black-and-white framed photograph.

*Helen Nestor, who took the original photograph of King at UC Berkeley.

*Ronald Stevenson, director of Break the Cycle, a UC Berkeley mentoring program. In the mid-1980s, as a UC Berkeley undergraduate, he organized students to rename the student union after King.


On May 17, 1967, King was on campus as part of a tour to speak out against the war in Vietnam. In his remarks, he told students: "You in a real sense have been the conscience of the academic community and our nation."

Previously, the only image of King in the student union has been a rendering on cardboard tacked to a bulletin board. When Free Speech Movement Café curator Harold Adler saw this, he knew he needed to do something. He had co-curated a book and exhibit about the social protest movements in the '60s and '70s and had a copy of Nestor's photograph. He showed it to Henry, who arranged to have the African-American Studies department buy a copy to present to students. Adler also will be at the event.