Samuel Proctor, Paul Edward Gray, and Clarence G. Williams, 1981

Samuel Proctor, Paul Edward Gray, and Clarence G. Williams, 1981
Photo: Calvin Campbell, MIT News Office, Courtesy MIT Museum

Rev. Samuel D. Proctor ​(left) with MIT President Paul Edward Gray (center) and Clarence G. Williams, Special Assistant to the President and Acting Director of the Office of Minority Education, during Rev. Proctor's visit to campus as keynote speaker for the 7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration1981.

Rev. Samuel D. Proctor was the first person selected to deliver the newly created Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture at MIT in 1981, "King: What Progress Since the Dream?" At the time, he was a professor in the Graduate School at Rutgers University and Senior Minister at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. His well-received keynote led to an invitation as opening keynote for the First National Conference on Issues Facing Black Administrators at Predominately White Colleges and Universities, held at MIT in 1982. In 1987, he was once again invited to MIT to deliver the keynote for the 13th Annual MLK Celebration.

Rev. Proctor met Martin Luther King Jr. while giving a lecture at the Crozer Theological Seminary in 1950; they later became colleagues and close friends. 

Timeline: 1980s
Department: Administration
Career: CommunityEducation
Object: Image
Collection: Administrators, Bridge Leaders, Clarence G. Wiliams, Faith, Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Keynotes, Martin Luther King, Jr., MIT Presidents, Paul E. Gray