Needham B. Broughton High School
- Address: 723 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh, NC 27605
- Area: Midtown Raleigh
- Phone: 919.856.7810
The 1929 Broughton High School was an all-white school during segregation, but its auditorium hosted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for a speech on Feb. 10, 1958. Dr. King spoke to an unsegregated crowd of 1,300 people, and hundreds more were turned away. (At that time, King was in the news for his successful boycott of segregated city buses in Montgomery, Ala.) “The philosophy of segregation is directly opposed to the philosophy of Christianity and to the philosophy of democracy,” Dr. King said here. In 1961 Murphey School was the testing ground for Raleigh’s school integration.