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UH Special Collections Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King

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This week, the nation celebrates the life of noted civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King led non-violent protests mlk_final_tributeagainst segregation throughout the country, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, and the Selma to Montgomery Marches, among numerous others, over a span of fifteen years. These actions helped bring about the end of legal segregation with the passing of the 24th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.mlk_in_memoriam

On the evening April 4th, 1968, the world was shocked by the assassination of Dr. King in Memphis, Tennessee. The April 10th Daily  Cougar captured the thoughts and feelings of students—both black and white—on the University of Houston’s campus, which had been integrated quietly in the fall of 1961. Materials related to the integration of UH can be found in the President’s Office Records while Cougars of Any Color discusses the integration of the UH Athletics Department. Additionally, the Thomas R. Cole Desegregation Papers are a rich resource on the Civil Rights Movement in Houston.

The University continues to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with a MLK Day Celebration and a UH Day of Service.

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