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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.


Rev. Dr. Charles Harlow talks about his memories of Martin Luther King Jr. at a Curry County Democrats meeting in Brookings Monday. Photo by Teresa Lawson

Rev. Dr. Charles Harlow, a roommate of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. while at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, spoke of his friendship with him during a celebration Monday at the Democratic headquarters in Brookings.

The speech was followed by a candlelight vigil in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Harlow, 92, and a Crescent City resident, told stories of how he was greeted by King when he stepped off the bus for school, carried his bags to the hill to the seminary and the hours of discussions the two had of theology and psychology over the next three

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Rev. Dr. Charles Harlow, a roommate of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. while at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, spoke of his friendship with him during a celebration Monday at the Democratic headquarters in Brookings.

The speech was followed by a candlelight vigil in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Harlow, 92, and a Crescent City resident, told stories of how he was greeted by King when he stepped off the bus for school, carried his bags to the hill to the seminary and the hours of discussions the two had of theology and psychology over the next three years.

Harlow’s family later joined the two and they all lived an hour from the seminary in New Jersey, Harlow said.

He remembers King as outspoken, but with a warm heart and a great mind. Harlow spoke with King days before his assassination and discussed the civil unrest of the nation.

Harlow was a pastor for many years in Southern California. He and his wife, Marian, have been married for 72 years.