On February 10, 1961, the 32-year old Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech on the campus of New York University. Dr. King's speech entitled. "The Future of Integration," advocated for civil rights and nonviolent protest for social change. He said, Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable . . . Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
For the tenth-consecutive year, the University will commemorate Dr. King's visit and his legacy by hosting a weeklong schedule of special events and programs. The theme for this year's MLK Week is, Beyond a Dream, and is intended to create an intergenerational dialogue about the importance of making bold strides towards lasting and meaningful change. The highlight of the week will be the NYU MLK Week University-Wide Event on Thursday, February 5th.