Celebrating MLK Day at CSUN: Archive Treasures and Gifts of Service

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. sits with two men at dining table.

    Martin Luther King Jr. at 1962 "Freedom Sunday" event in Los Angeles with Crispus Wright and Maurice Dawkin. Photo by Charles Williams. Photo courtesy of the Tom and Ethel Bradley Center.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed this year on Monday, Jan. 15 (remember, campus is closed that day). If you’re looking for ways to remember, honor and learn more about the late civil rights leader, there are some unique opportunities on campus to do so in the coming days.

Dip into the Archives:

The Tom and Ethel Bradley Center archive includes oral histories and more than 1 million images of diverse communities. Their collection, which is located online and at CSUN’s University Library, also includes photos from African American photographers, many who worked at Los Angeles-based newspapers that served local communities of color.

Among the gems are photos taken by Charles Williams, who photographed Martin Luther King Jr. during his 1962 visit to Los Angeles to receive an award.

Close up of Charles Williams' face.

Photographer Charles Williams. Self portrait. Courtesy of the Tom and Ethel Bradley Center.

Type “Martin Luther King, Jr.” in the search box and enjoy the views back in time.

Bradley Center historian, Keith Rice explained the importance of this campus treasure.

“History in this country has been focused on mainly Europeans who took it and not the people they took it from or the people enslaved to build it, but these people are still making history and our purpose is to preserve that history,” Rice said.

For more information on the Tom and Ethel Bradley Center, call (818) 677-3037 or email bradleycenter@csun.edu.


CSUN’s Office of Community Engagement is organizing volunteering opportunities for Matadors in honor of MLK Day. They include helping out at two upcoming events at the West Valley Los Angeles Public Library branch. Volunteers are asked to sign up in advance to hand out information at an upcoming lecture on Jan. 13 and help out at story time on Jan. 16.

There is also an upcoming opportunity on campus Jan. 17 to help clean up the Orange Grove. Participants are asked to sign up in advance and wear close-toed shoes. Lunch will also be served.

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