Martin Luther King Jr. with students in 1960.
University Archives, Princeton University Library

Re From the Archives (April 24): I vividly recall Martin Luther King Jr. preaching at the Chapel. It was March 13, 1960, and I read the Scripture: First Thessalonians 2:1-8. I recall this because I so marked these verses in my study Bible and noted that the passage provides applicability to the peaceful resistance of the sit-ins and demonstrations in the South. I was the leader of the Baptist students at Princeton,  which may have been why I was chosen as reader. (At the time I was also national president of the Baptist Student Movement of American Baptists, U.S.A.) I had just returned from a meeting of the National Student Christian Federation, where we had formulated a statement in affirmation of the sit-ins and civil rights. I gave a copy to Dr. King and explained briefly our support for these causes. I am very honored to have had the opportunity to meet and participate in worship  with him. 

I later worked at Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary. Crozer was where Dr. King studied and received his first theological degree. His nephew came as a student, and I was honored to help arrange the visits of Coretta Scott King and her sister, as well as King’s father, “Daddy King,” on different occasions at the school.

Lowell Fewster ’61
Bloomfield, Conn.