Sue Lister | June 20, 2017
The sculpture is based on a famous photo showing Father Hesburgh holding hands with King during a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1964. The photograph now hangs in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will join City of South Bend leaders, including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and community members Wednesday (June 21) for the unveiling and dedication of a sculpture depicting former University President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., with Martin Luther King Jr.
Recognized as a civil rights champion, Hesburgh served as president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, and was a principal architect of the Civil Rights Act. He served on the Civil Rights Commission from its inception in 1957 until 1972. That same year Father Hesburgh was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his visionary work against elements of apartheid in America.