Klein Memorial Auditorium
Klein Memorial Auditorium was completed in 1938 and has played host to notable historical figures throughout history. Sixteen American presidents have visited the Park City over the years, and several of these leaders have spoken at Klein Memorial. In addition, leading Americans such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the American Union Leader Jimmy Hoffa have addressed crowds at Klein Auditorium.
Backstory and Context
There was a list of many famous and historical figures that entered and spoke at the Klein over the years, including Eleanor Roosevelt. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. also spoke at the Klein after officials at the University of Bridgeport decided to move his appearance to Klein Memorial Auditorium to accommodate the crowd of 2700. King called on John F. Kennedy to enforce the laws of the nation and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bridgeport.
King Jr., Martin Luther (2007). Dream: The Words and Inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blue Mountain Arts. p. 26.
Lehman, Eric D.. Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City. Charleston, South Carolina. The History Press, 2009. Historial Accounts of the City of Bridgeport