Video: Martin Luther King Jr. in Philadelphia, 1965

The civil rights leader spoke to a crowd protesting segregation at Girard Collge.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Philadelphia in August 1965, and spoke to civil rights demonstrators at Girard College and at a rally at 39th Street and Lancaster Avenue.

Protests to combat segregation at the school were lead by famous local Philadelphia NAACP leader and civil rights activist Cecil B. Moore. Pickett protesters took to the neighboring streets on May 1, 1965 chanting for integration. On May 20, 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the school’s whites-only rule.

This video was shot by KYW, and was originally broadcast Aug. 3, 1965 on KYW-TV. Video courtesy Temple University Library.