To view this page ensure that Adobe Flash Player version 11.1.0 or greater is installed.
Closing INSIGHT university of dayton mlk50 remembrance The University of Dayton (UD) held several events to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination on Wednesday, April 4. Students and members of the general public gathered at UD’s Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, which was built in 2016 to commemorate King’s 1964 visit to the campus. The ceremony included a brief tribute and prayer by UD’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, Lawrence Burnley, PhD, and was followed by a campus church service. That evening, at 6:05 p.m., campus bells rang 39 times in recognition of the fact that King was just 39 years old at the time of his death. The UD campus also participated in a nationwide 50-second moment of silence. King’s November 29, 1964, visit to UD took place just weeks after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and several months after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In a speech that took place near the location of the current memorial, King declared that African Americans still had a “long, long way to go,” a message that strongly resonates with UD students and faculty today. 58 May 2018