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a comprehensive multi-volume collection of King’s most important correspondence, sermons, publications, speeches, unpublished manuscripts, and other material and makes its significant research efforts available online and in popular books and audios.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)
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.
January 16, 2013
In honor of the upcoming King Holiday, join us for an Open House Friday, January 18, 2013, from 4 - 6 pm. All are welcome.
On 4 May 1961, an integrated group of thirteen members of the Congress of Racial Equality departed Washington D.C. by bus to challenge the enforcement of anti-segregation laws in interstate travel throughout the South. Although the initial ride was cut short by mob violence in Birmingham, Alabama, additional volunteers stepped forward and the rides continued as planned, under student leadership.
The violence that met the freedom riders brought national attention to institutionalized segregation in the South and pressured the Kennedy Administration into sending federal marshals to the South to protect the riders. Under direction from the Kennedy Administration, the Interstate Commerce Commission banned segregation in all facilities under its jurisdiction. The ban took effect on 1 November 1961.
To read more about the Freedom Rides, visit the Online King Encyclopedia entries for the Freedom Rides
, James Farmer
, and Diane Nash
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.!
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!
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)