BUFFALO, N.Y. — Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech on racial integration during a visit to the Queen City.
The speech, titled "The Future of Integration," was a powerful talk about racism, segregation and poverty. He also talked about the Vietnam War.
Ruth Bryant, a retired assistant dean at the University at Buffalo, has vivid memories of that day. She was in her 20s at the time and was working at UB, which helped to bring King to Buffalo.
"It was like mouth-dropping. I know that I am in the presence of something that is really great," said Bryant. "I was amazed that he was small in stature, but the presence was that he filled the space."
Bryant says she sees progress in Buffalo but believes a lot more needs to be done to honor King's message.
"Join in and together you can change things. It's a slow change, but don't give up. Keep at it. Keep at it. Eventually it's like water on a rock. You're going to wear away some of the resistance," said Bryant.
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