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King Institute Projects
The King Papers Project
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a comprehensive multi-volume collection of King’s most important correspondence, sermons, publications, speeches, unpublished manuscripts, and other material and makes its significant research efforts available online and in popular books and audios.
Liberation Curriculum
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)
King Institute News
Clayborne Carson on the passing of Dr. Vincent Harding
May 20, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Vincent Harding (July 25, 1931 – May 19, 2014) image
Mabel Williams, civil rights activist, dead at 82.
April 28, 2014
Mabel Williams, who worked by her husband's side to advocate for armed self-defense against racial violence, died 19 April 2014.
Paul Robeson, Jr., Civil Rights Activist and Author, Dead at 86.
April 28, 2014
Paul Robeson, Jr., a civil rights activist and author who worked tirelessly to preserve his father's legacy, died 26 April 2014.
King Institute Open House 2014
January 10, 2014
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute celebrates the King Holiday with an Open House on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 4-6 pm. Come help us celebrate our accomplishments and learn about our plans for the future. Visit with our staff and view our exhibit of King-related photos and documents. Gabi Holzwarth contemporary/hip-hop violinist will also perform at the event. All are welcome. Please note: Via Ortega is closed to through traffic due to construction; please use Panama Street. Visitor parking may be available in parking structure 2 at Panama Street/Via Ortega or nearby surface lots. Parking is free after 4 p.m.
Freedom’s Ring: “I Have a Dream” Speech
August 26, 2013
Listen to Dr. King’s most famous speech and explore interviews, historical context and lesson plans in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Rev. Will D. Campbell, author and civil rights activist, dead at 88.
June 04, 2013
Will D. Campbell, a civil rights activist and minister who wrote extensively on his experiences, died 3 June 2013.
This Month in the Movement
This Month in the Movement: The Little Rock Nine
In the early fall of 1957, the NAACP registered nine African American students to attend the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their enrollment came three years after the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education declared segregation in public school illegal, and two years after the Little Rock school board unanimously approved a plan to integrate the city's schools.

Segregationist groups threatened to protest the integration as well as physically block the students from entering the school. On 4 September 1957, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus sided with the segregationists and deployed the Arkansas National Guard to Little Rock to prevent the nine students from attending the first day of class.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower held a meeting with Faubus during which he strongly discouraged further disobedience against the Supreme Court's ruling. Following the unsuccessful discussions, Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent a division of the United States Army to Little Rock on 24 September. With an Army escort, the nine students entered the school and began classes at the end of September.

The Little Rock Nine faced continued harassment throughout their respective tenures at Little Rock Central High School, and in the summer of 1958, Governor Faubus closed the city's public high schools with a plan to lease the buildings out to become segregated private schools. His plan did not materialize, but resulted in a year of closed schools. In 1959, the school board reopened the city's high schools and began classes on 12 August 1959. That year, Ernest Green became the first African American student to graduate from Central High School.

To read more about the Little Rock School Desegregation, visit our website here.
King Resources
King Online Encyclopedia
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.
Online King Records Access (OKRA)
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.!
Featured Documents
Updated weekly on Tuesdays, the Featured Document of the Week series highlights particular King documents that we've annotated. Check here and on Facebook weekly for updates!
About Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream, 28 August 1963
King delivers his iconic speech "I Have a Dream" and urges America to "make real the promises of democracy."(Photo credit UPI/Corbis-Bettman)
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