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2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - Walter J. Leonard 2/1975

Walter J. Leonard gives the keynote address at the second annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at MIT, following a prayer and a musical performance.

Walter J. Leonard gives the keynote address at the second annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at MIT, following a prayer and a musical performance.

Following an invocation prayer and a musical performance, Walter J. Leonard delivers the keynote address for the second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration at MIT, in early February 1975.

His speech is titled "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Friend Remembered.”

Leonard at the time was Special Assistant to Harvard University President Derek Bok. He is recognized as the architect of Harvard’s pioneering affirmative action plan, which has become a model across the country.  Two years after this event he would become president of Fisk University, in 1977.

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