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Several media outlets cover UNE’s celebration of 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit

St. Francis alumni with President Danielle Ripich celebrate at the MLK exhibit opening
A plethora of media outlets covered UNE’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s first and only trip to Maine, which was orchestrated by UNE’s predecessor St. Francis College.

On Monday, January 20, 2014, a permanent photography exhibit was opened in Leonard Hall on UNE’s Biddeford Campus, the very building where King spoke in May 1964 when he traveled to Biddeford to take part in St. Francis’ civil rights seminar.

Media coverage of the event included news stories on WMTW 8 and WGME 13, two broadcasts on MPBN radio, and front page stories in the Journal Tribune and the Portland Press Herald.

Several of the media pieces featured interviews with individuals who attended or were in involved in King’s talk at St. Francis, including UNE’s current switchboard operator Georgette Sutton; Jim Beaudry, former athletics director at St. Francis; and Doris Hennedy, a St. Francis alum.

Watch the video from WMTW

Watch the video from WGME

Listen to MPBN’s Martin Luther King Jr.'s Visit to Maine Remembered, 50 Years Later

Listen to MPBN’s Maine's Hidden History: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Only Known Visit to Maine

Read the article (and watch the online video) by the Portland Press Herald

Posted on: 01/21/2014

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