Statue of Fr. Hesburgh & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. unveiled in South Bend – WNDU-TV

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – South Bend leaders unveiled a statue of Father Theodore Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday.

The two were photographed in 1964 holding hands in song at a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The project is titled “We Shall Overcome.” It was unveiled at Leighton Plaza in downtown South Bend.

Watch video of the entire ceremony on Facebook.

We had a crew at the march and unveiling, and we’ll have a full report on NewsCenter 16 Wednesday evening.

From the City of South Bend:

Mayor Pete Buttigieg will join Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, President of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Virginia Calvin of the African American Community Fund, the Honorable Roland W. Chamblee Jr., who will serve as emcee, monument donors, and guests in unveiling the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Fr. Theodore Hesburgh monument on June 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Leighton Plaza. The monument depicts the famous photograph of Father Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holding hands while singing “We Shall Overcome” at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1964. The monument, a life-size model of the two icons, will be interactive and allow the public to join the open hands of the two men. It will serve as a reminder of the history of civil rights gains and foster the pride South Bend has in its diversity and dedication to social justice. Placed at the entrance of the plaza, the monument, in conjunction with other improvements, will help transform the space into a lively and engaging community gathering place that promotes unity and dialog.

Residents are also invited to gather at 10:00 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (1522 Linden Ave) for a march to the unveiling ceremony at Leighton Plaza. Transpo will provide a free shuttle from downtown to the King Center so those participating in the march can park their vehicles downtown, where they will ultimately return for the unveiling. The Transpo shuttles will depart from Washington Street next to the former Hall of Fame Gridiron at the following times: 9:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m., and 9:50 a.m.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Father Theodore Hesburgh were moral leaders of their time. This monument will serve to commemorate their work and inspire others to emulate their courage. Residents of South Bend can join hands with the two men and remember the sacrifices they made in the name of justice and equality, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said.

The monument was designed by internationally renowned local sculptor Tuck Langland and is funded through private donations with many organizations, institutions, and individuals supporting, including: the African American Community Fund, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, University of Notre Dame, Arthur J. Decio, Dorene & Jerry Hammes (with appreciation to Melanie Chapleau, Personal Assistant), Jerry H. Mowbray, Great Lakes Capital, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, and the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority.

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Statue of Fr. Hesburgh & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. unveiled in South Bend – WNDU-TV

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