July 21, 1964 - Fr. Hesburgh and Martin Luther King Jr.


Following the murder of three young civil rights workers in Mississippi, Martin Luther King Jr. scheduled a massive rally at Soldier Field in Chicago. Mayor Daly had already declined an invitation to appear at the rally so a phone call was placed to Fr. Hesburgh. Hesburgh drove the 90 miles to Chicago and attended the rally.

A member of King's staff spotted Hesburgh and brought him onto the platform. Hesburgh gave an impromptu speech endorsing the Civil Rights Act. He then joined arms with King and sang "We Shall Overcome." An unknown photographer captured the moment. Hesburgh did not learn of the now very well known photograph until 1988.

Fr. Hesburgh and Martin Luther King Jr



Keywords: father hesburgh, martin luther king jr, soldier field, civil rights act

Posted On: 2015-02-28 00:25:03 by IrishTrpt07

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