The memory and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remains alive at Saint Joseph's University. On October 26, 1967, Dr. King addressed 3,400 students, faculty and community members who gathered to hear his words in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, now known as Hagan Arena. That event is commemorated with a bronze plaque in the lobby of our famed gynmasium.
He criticized the Johnson administration for being more concerned about winning “an unjust war in Vietnam than in winning the war on poverty here at home” and explained the importance of enforcing civil rights legislation, despite criticisms that laws could not change people’s hearts. "If vigorously enforced legislation can change some of the habits of men, and maybe somewhere along the way the heart may be changed.”