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

We also celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of his impactful visit to Bowdoin and to Brunswick.

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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