This project began in April 2012, when former Borough Council Member Peter Morris lead the motion to pass Resolution 1066, the renaming of Fraser Plaza to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Then established in 2016 the committee was originally charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the Borough Council on the design, content, and installation of commemorative elements within Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. The Plaza opened on August 28, 2017, the 54th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. King first gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
The committee continues to meet to discuss plaza enhancements and events to ensure Dr. King's legacy as an advocate for peace, equality, and justice — lives on in the State College community and around the world.
Virtual Visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
In June 2020, the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau awarded the committee a tourism grant. The committee utilized the grant to ensure the plaza and all its important features are now available to be toured virtually. Please take a few moments to click through and learn about key moments in the history of social justice.