Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visits Salt Lake City

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One of the most notable events that took place in early Utah history was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting Salt Lake City in 1961. Given that the majority of Utah’s population was Mormon, and Mormons did not allow Black folk in their religion, Dr. King’s visit was a pivotal event in Utah history. Many people blindly followed Brigham Young in their racist beliefs, and this visit opened their minds.