Kean University Archives Presents the Document of the Month Series

February 10, 2015

To help introduce the collections to the campus community, the Center for History, Politics and Policy will select a Document of the Month that will be featured on the archives website at the beginning of every month.

Students and faculty interested in making an appointment to view the collections should contact Archivist Erin Alghandoor at

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Newark State College, now Kean University, on February 9, 1961, as part of the college's M. Ernest Townsend Memorial Lecture Series. He signed the college's guest book and posed for a picture with Eugene G. Wilkins, President of Newark State and Donald R. Raichle, a Professor of History. Dr. King told his audience that they should meet injustice with non-violence, saying that "the first-class citizen must never resort to second-class methods ... We will persuade you with words ... we will endure all suffering you inflict on us and still love you. We will enter with humble smiles into your jails and still love you."

Visit to learn more about these documents and all the other great treasures here on campus in the Kean University Archives.

Shane Derris is the Assistant Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy.