Martin Luther King, Jr. statue installed at Metropolitan Campus

Drucker and MLK statue
Fairleigh Dickinson University President Sheldon Drucker with Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan at the unveiling Sunday of the Martin Luther King, Jr., monument at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. The bronze statue was sculpted by Richard Blake and made possible by the Bergen County Martin Luther King Jr. Monument Committee. (Photo by Bill Blanchard)
 
By Dan Landau
 
In a ceremony on Sunday, October 12, 2014, Fairleigh Dickinson University President Sheldon Drucker joined Bergen County executives and members of the Bergen County Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Committee as they unveiled the larger than life statue that is displayed on the Hackensack River Pathway as it crosses FDU’s Metropolitan Campus.
Statue of Martin Luther King
The statue is seven and a half feet tall, and stands on a short base. (Photo by Bill Kennedy)
 
“We are honored and proud to be selected as the site for this lasting memorial to this extraordinary leader,” said Drucker. “Our mission at FDU is to educate world citizens and to empower students to make a difference in their world. They can look to no greater example of a world citizen than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I want to thank Bergen County and its many outstanding representatives for all that they have done to create this incredible tribute. Dr. King’s legacy is so long lasting and so profound that he will continue to inspire generations to come, and they will continue his work and hopefully realize his greatest dreams.”
 
The bronze statue was sculpted by Richard Blake and made possible by the Bergen County Martin Luther King Jr. Monument Committee.
 
King visited FDU twice. Three years after his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech, he visited the Metropolitan Campus (October 29, 1966). The following year, he visited the Rutherford Campus.
 
For more information, check out NorthJersey.com’s coverage of the event.