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 a large gathering of students, faculty and community members in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, now known as Hagan Arena. That event is commemorated with a bronze plaque in the lobby of our famed gymnasium.
He criticized the Johnson administration for being more concerned about winning “an unjust and ill-considered war in Vietnam than about winning the war against poverty right here at home” and explained the importance of enforcing civil rights legislation, despite criticisms that laws could not change people’s hearts. He stated, "And so, while the law may not change the hearts of men, if it is vigorously enforced, it does change the habits of men. And when you begin to change the habits of people, pretty soon there will be attitudinal changes. And maybe somewhere along the way the heart will get changed in the process."