February 22, 2017

60th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Visit to Peddie School

The Peddie community held a special Founders Day presentation in the Ayer Memorial Chapel Friday in honor of the 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Peddie in February 1957. Guest speakers Morton Goldfein ’59, Dr. Arthur E. Brown ’63 and the Honorable David B. Mitchell ’63 each addressed the significance of that day and spoke about their own journeys since Peddie. Goldfein and Mitchell were in the Chapel on February 20, 1957, the day that Dr. King addressed the Peddie community on the topic of race relations in the United States. Mitchell was 11-years-old, and had only arrived at Peddie two weeks earlier. He was one of two African-American students on campus.