THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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February 24, 1957
Virginia Union University Annual Week of Prayer Began
Virginia Union University hosted a week of prayer February 24 through March 1, 1957. The featured speakers during the week's events were Mark Chester Ebersole, of Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King spoke on five occasions during the week. The Richmond Times-Dispatch
reported that at the evening worship service on February 27, Dr. King said that "hate . . . disintegrates the personality and makes people do irrational things. This . . . is the reason for some of the 'irrational things that are being done in the South today.'"