In 1965 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Penn State and now a memorial on Fraser St. is highlighting lessons from his speech.
On Monday folks gathered for the official ribbon cutting of the memorial plaza.
It’s decorated with a winding silver wall, with images from Dr. King’s speech at the University.
There’s also a path of black bricks, recalling key moments throughout Civil Rights Movement history.
This area was formerly known as Fraser Plaza but in 2012 a State College Borough council member led a motion to officially name it in honor of Dr. King.
Barbara Farmer, a member of the memorial’s subcommittee, said the addition of artwork strengthens Dr. King’s message here in Centre County, which was to embrace justice and equity.
“It’s amazing that the timing today fits into the climate of the world and what’s going on even in the world and in our local community. So it was important though to bring a sense of diversity, relationship, and community, a closeness in this community,” Farmer said.
By no mistake the ceremony fells on the 54th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech for the very first time.