Bridging the Gap: MLK's visit to Morgan University

Posted at 7:48 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 20:07:31-05

February is Black History Month. At ABC2 we are bridging the gap and recognizing those who have shaped our history and those who are making history of their own. We begin the series with a look at some lost footage from 1963.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Morgan State University 55 years ago to gather support for the Civil Rights Bill.

Three months earlier Dr. King along with other leaders marched on Washington DC to get the civil rights bill passed.

"I'm sure that the president is a man of genuine good will and very sincere and he wants to see a strong Civil Rights Bill, however it's not possible to get a bill without crusading for it and I think the president should support the stronger bill and crusade for it and we can get a great bill out of it if he will do it" said King

In November of 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and a civil right bill did not pass. One year later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Bill ending desegregation. MLK Jr. was present for that historic moment.