Honoring a Legacy
This year, the Bowdoin College community celebrates the ninety-second birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Dr. King had a remarkable impact across generations and time, and in remembering him, we acknowledge the work that remains and the power we each have to build a better world. This special video can help us reflect on both a legacy and a life, dedicated to justice and to a better America.”

President Clayton Rose

MLK's 1964 Visit to Bowdoin

“You are as responsible for what happens in Birmingham as you are for what happens in Brunswick.”

In May of 1964, Bowdoin’s Political Forum, a non-partisan student organization, brought King to the College as part of the group’s effort to invite black civil rights leaders to campus to inspire students to action.

As Frederick J. Stoddard ’64, one of the Political Forum leaders, recalled, “We felt that [we] could make a difference by bringing the most prominent civil rights leaders in America to the College.”

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