Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Council

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the principle leader for the Civil Rights Movement that took place in the United States during the 1950’s and 1960’s. His passion and commitment for social justice and equality for Blacks and other minorities changed the course of America. On March 27, 1962, the City of Lynchburg intimately experienced King’s fervor when he spoke to a capacity audience at the E.C. Glass Auditorium.

Listen to the speech here.

On February 27, 1990, in response to public interest, the City Council of Lynchburg appointed a Civil Rights Blue Ribbon Memorial Committee to review and study ideas for a memorial to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

After this Committee reported on January 8, 1991, Council established the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lynchburg Community Council. It was charged with providing for the development and maintenance of a focal point for human rights concerns in our community, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Human Rights.

The Center is located in the Quiet Room of the Lynchburg Public Library.

An annual birthday breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is also sponsored by the Council.