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The Hammer of Justice

Following the announcement that Dr. King would speak on our campus, the Ada local paper last week contained an interesting letter. At the end of it was this question, "Which flag will I fly in Dr. King’s honor, the dove of peace, or the dragon of disobedience?" I would suggest that at Ohio Northern University today, we fly the hammer of justice.

James Udy
Chaplain 1963-1968
Ohio Northern University

In one of this institution’s finest hours, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Ohio Northern University on January 11, 1968.

Dr. King was invited to speak by Dr. James Udy, then ONU chaplain, as part of the weekly chapel series themed “The Christian faith and Contemporary Problems.” He spoke to an overflow crowd in Taft Gymnasium of more than 3,000 people. Those unable to see the speech in Taft were able to listen to it live in Lehr Auditorium.

At the time of his visit to Ada, Ohio and ONU, Dr. King was an international figure. He was the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Prize and only the 12th American to ever do so. He was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement and a key social figure of the turbulent 1960s.

Click here to learn how Dr. King came to speak at ONU.

As we celebrate our national holiday honoring Dr. King, we make available Dr. King’s speech in its entirety (a transcript is available here). We ask that you take the time to download and listen to it in honor of a man who took the time to share himself with us.

Audio icon mlk_speech_01-11-1968.mp322.96 MB