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New National Center Exhibit Explores Dr. King’s Myriad Activities at ASU!

Monday, May 23, 2016

New National Center Exhibit Explores Dr. King’s Myriad Activities at ASU!

- King spends his first night in Montgomery on the ASU campus;
- He uses the ASU Library to complete his Ph.D. dissertation;
- Frequent appearances on campus includes commencement speeches & much more.

Alabama State University’s Levi Watkins Learning Center (LWLC) is featuring a new exhibit titled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Alabama State University Connection."
On display on the first floor of the LWLC until September 2016, the three-panel exhibit explores King’s 1954 arrival in Montgomery, his role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and his ascendancy as a key spokesman for the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. ASU archivist Dr. Howard Robinson is available to the news media to speak on the record to you about the exhibit and showcase for you some of the key places King frequented at ASU.

“This exhibit addresses the various ways and reasons Rev. King visited the campus and interacted with the faculty and staff of ASU,” said Robinson.

The exhibit chronicles King’s activities on ASU’s campus from 1954 to 1960. One segment looks at King’s decision to spend his first night in Montgomery on the campus of Alabama State University, at the “Faculty Circle” home of Dr. J. T. Books, ASU vice president.

Another segment of the exhibit deals with King’s use of the ASU library to finish researching and writing his dissertation. Another segment looks at his frequent appearances in Paterson Hall, where King attended meetings and receptions at the second-floor Home Economies Department Dining Hall.  The exhibit also identifies King as the keynote speaker at ASU’s 1955 Commencement, and King’s 1958 speech on campus for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Founder’s Day celebration.

The King exhibit is one in a series created by the LWLC exhibit team, a talented group of individuals including Dr. Howard Robinson and Evelyn Bowen as co-chairs, Dr. Dorothy Autrey as copy editor and Derrick Bryant as graphic designer. Min Pan, Yolanda Smith Evans and Brandon Owens work on the fabrication, while Jason Trawick erects the framework.

Other themed exhibits have included displays on the Selma to Montgomery March, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Black History Month at ASU, and the life and contributions of Nat King Cole.

MEDIA NOTE: For your news story, Dr. Howard Robinson can speak with you on the record and showcase the exhibit and some of the historic locales that King used and frequented at ASU.