Martin Luther King Jr. Lounge is located in Bursley Hall.
The lounge in Bursley Hall, dedicated in 1976, is named after one of the nation’s foremost civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. Dr. King endured harassment, arrest, and many other hardships and dangers in order to fight for equality for minorities in the United States. Non-violent protest, such as sit-ins, boycotts, and civil disobedience, were hallmarks of Dr. King’s legacy. He delivered some of the most powerful speeches of the 20th century, including the well-known “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963.
Dr. King’s actions and words made him an icon of the civil rights movement, providing hope to many during dark times. Among his numerous accomplishments and awards are the Nobel Peace Prize and a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 while standing outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Every year the University of Michigan commemorates Dr. King’s birthday with University Symposium activities which include lectures, community service projects, cultural events, and marches.