(Victor Valley)- — California State University, San Bernardino will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of a state holiday commemorating the late civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr.
The campus will reopen Tuesday, Jan 17. The winter quarter continues through March 24.
King, who was killed by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights movement. He was elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, the organization responsible for the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott from 1955 to 1956.
He was arrested 30 times for his participation in civil rights activities. Founder and president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1957 to 1968, King was also vice president of the national Sunday School and Baptist Teaching Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention.
King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, his acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, his last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and his final speech in Memphis (“I’ve been to the mountaintop …”) are among his most famous utterances.
The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” ranks among the most important documents of the American Civil Rights movement.
For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit http://news.csusb.edu.