The King Papers Project produces a comprehensive multi-volume collection of King’s most important correspondence, sermons, publications, speeches, unpublished manuscripts, and other material and makes its significant research efforts available online and in popular books and audios.
The Liberation Curriculum (LC) initiative provides document-based lesson plans and resources and professional development workshops to inform teachers about global efforts to achieve social justice, human rights and liberation through nonviolent means, with special emphasis on the modern African American freedom struggle. (Photo by Matt Herron)
June 04, 2013
Will D. Campbell, a civil rights activist and minister who wrote extensively on his experiences, died 3 June 2013.
March 28, 2013
James M. Nabrit, III, civil rights activist and lawyer who worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, passed away on 22 March 2013. He was 80.
March 18, 2013
Olen Burrage, 84, died Friday, 15 March 2013 of natural causes.
March 18, 2013
Cartha D. DeLoach, former deputy associate director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and head of F.B.I. investigations during the civil rights era, passed away on 13 March 2013. He was 92.
March 07, 2013
Fay Bellamy Powell, a noted civil rights leader who ran the Selma, Alabama office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, died last month.
March 05, 2013
Why is it important to learn from the past? Why and how do people struggle for social justice?
What rights and responsibilities do we have in our world today? These questions guided
St. Paul's Episcopal School students as they investigated the modern African American
freedom struggle. Andrea McEvoy Spero, King Institute Education Director, provided primary
sources and Don Jelinek, a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi from 1965-1968, shared
personal experiences. Based upon their research, these young historians created beautifully
illustrated children's books to share with their peers. Click here to see more about
Ms. Nicole Mills and Mr. Ryan Faulkner's civil rights unit and the students' projects.
On 11 June 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in the doorway of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama to block integration of the university. The Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 deemed segregated public schools unconstitutional, but authorities at the University of Alabama had continued to deter African American applicants through disqualification or intimidation.
In 1963, three African American students, James Hood, Vivian Malone Jones, and Dave McGlathery, applied to the university. On 16 May 1963, a federal court ordered that the university admit the students. Wallace, who in his inaugural address earlier that year had promised "Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!" demonstrated his objection to the ruling by standing in the doorway to deny entry to the three students.
When Wallace refused to yield to Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, President Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard and ordered Wallace's removal. Wallace obeyed and Jones and Hood then entered and successfully enrolled at the university. McGlathery enrolled the following day without incident.
To read more about former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katzenbach, check out his encyclopedia entry here
or click here
to read his obituary.
To read more about George Wallace, visit his entry in the King Online Encyclopedia here
Search here for information on over 1000 civil rights movement figures, events and organizations; a chronology of the movement, and full-text documents published online.
The Online King Records Access (OKRA) database provides easily searchable access to information on thousands of speeches, sermons, letters, and other historic documents by and about Martin Luther King, Jr.!
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Read a biographical essay on Martin Luther King, Jr., prepared by King Institute director Clayborne Carson and the Institute staff, extensively cross-referenced with links to the King Online Encyclopedia.
King delivers his iconic speech "I Have a Dream" and urges America to "make real the promises of democracy."(Photo credit UPI/Corbis-Bettman)