50 Years After the March on Washington: Remembering MLK and Bayard Rustin at Bowdoin

A speech delivered at Bowdoin by Bayard Rustin, with illustration by Thomas Cornell

Goals and Strategies, a speech delivered at Bowdoin by Bayard Rustin (broadside created by Thomas Cornell; provided courtesy of the Bowdoin College Library Department of Special Collections and Archives)

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, when Martin Luther King Jr. told throngs of ralliers in front of Lincoln Memorial that he had a dream. In the wake of that event, Bowdoin invited both King and civil rights leader Bayard Rustin — one of the chief organizers of the March — to the college’s “Spring Issues Conference” of 1964. The broadside shown here (created and illustrated by Thomas Cornell, then a member of the art faculty) features a speech that Rustin delivered during his visit to Bowdoin. Click here to hear Martin Luther King’s address to the Bowdoin community.

NPR has compiled moments from the summer of 1963 and is tweeting them as they happened then. Follow @todayin1963 for updates from the March on Washington 50 years ago today.


  1. Berle Schiller '65 says:

    I had the honor and privilege, as a member of the Bowdoin Political forum, to paricipate in inviting MLK and Bayard Rustin to the campus. The college let me use the college car(the converted large cab) to welcome MLK at the Portland airport and then drive him to the campus. Spending time with him in the car and during that week-end was a transformational experience for me.
    Bowdoin, as usual, was a trail blazer. It’s great to be part of the Bowdoin community.

  2. John Isaacs '68 says:

    Oh how I wish I had known about this when we were working together on M & G productions of Troilus and Rogues Tale in my freshman year, Berle. I would’ve love to discuss it. What a moment for you. Thanks for sharing it. (I asked Myles about you at our reunion this spring.)

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