PLNU Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Historic Speech on the Point Loma Campus
On May 29, 2014, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) will commemorated the 50th anniversary of a historic speech given by the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Point Loma campus. Dr. King visited San Diego on May 29, 1964 as he traveled the country to gather support for the National Civil Rights Act which was to be signed into law later that year. Dr. King gave several speeches that day across the city of San Diego. The largest of these gatherings was in Golden Gymnasium located on the campus of what is now PLNU.
The event was held at 2 PM on May 29th at the very site in Golden Gymnasium where Dr. King addressed an estimated crowd of 5,000. Since moving to the campus in 1973, PLNU has maintained a collection of memorabilia from the significant day in San Diego’s history. In 2006, through the support of PLNU alumni and campus departments, an interactive kiosk was constructed to memorialize the event. This kiosk was re-dedicated as this milestone anniversary was celebrated to honor the memory of both Dr. King and the civil rights movement. San Diegans who were in attendance in 1964 will shared their reflections and a plaque was installed in Golden Gymnasium to commemorate the 50th anniversary. The ceremony began at 2:00 P.M. and included refreshments and music.