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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a comprehensive multi-volume collection of King’s most important correspondence, sermons, publications, speeches, unpublished manuscripts, and other material and makes its significant research efforts available online and in popular books and audios.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 Voting Rights Act of 1965
On 6 August 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. The bill was introduced in March of 1965, and provided greater enforcement of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to overcome discriminatory voting practices in the South.

Despite the gains in human rights achieved through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Johnson recognized the Act's shortcomings in protecting voting rights, and quickly began advocating for a new bill to address the issue. In January 1965, King and SCLC joined with several other civil rights organizations to implement a direct action campaign in Selma, Alabama aimed at securing voting rights.

The demonstrations were met with increasingly violent police resistance that prompted organizers to lead a protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on 7 March 1965. The marchers were stopped by police outside of Selma where they were assaulted with tear gas and beaten with clubs. National coverage of the incident focused national attention on the issue of voting rights in the South, and spurred a larger march to Montgomery two days later.

Following the 7 March attack, Johnson renewed his campaign for a voting rights act, and the initial bill was introduced on 17 March 1965. The bill passed the Senate with a 77-19 vote and cleared the House of Representatives by a 333-85 vote. After a committee reconciled changes to the bill from the Senate and House, Johnson signed the bill into law. The signing was attended by King and other civil rights leaders.

For more on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, please visit the King Encyclopedia here.

To read more about the Selma to Montgomery March, click 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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