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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a comprehensive multi-volume collection of King’s most important correspondence, sermons, publications, speeches, unpublished manuscripts, and other material and makes its significant research efforts available online and in popular books and audios.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
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.
James M. Nabrit, III, civil rights lawyer, dead at 80.
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.
Olen Burrage, suspect in 1964 civil rights murders, dead at 84
March 18, 2013
Olen Burrage, 84, died Friday, 15 March 2013 of natural causes.
Cartha D. DeLoach, former F.B.I. liaison to the White House, dead at 92
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.
This Month in the Movement
This Month in the Movement: Fiftieth Anniversary of the March on Frankfort
On 5 March 1964 Martin Luther King Jr. along with Kentucky civil rights leaders, led a 10,000-person march up Capitol Avenue in Frankfort, Kentucky towards the Kentucky capitol. The marchers were urging for the passage of a public accommodations bill that had been introduced in January to the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill, much like the one that was proposed by President Kennedy a year earlier, would end segregation in Kentucky in the area of public accommodations such as retail stores, restaurants and educational institutions.

The march was coordinated by members of the Allied Organization for Civil Rights (AOCR); Frank Stanley, Jr., editor of The Louisville Defender; Olof Anderson, Synod Executive of the Presbyterian Church; and Georgia Davis Powers, who later became the first African American and the first woman to be elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 1967. Many national prominent figures were also in attendance, including Ralph Abernathy, Jackie Robinson and the folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary. When the mass of people arrived at the capitol they sang songs and many people gave speeches, including King.

Later that day march organizers and civil rights leaders met with Kentucky Governor Edward T. Breathitt to discuss the bill. He assured them that he would work very hard to have the civil rights bill passed, but warned them that he was new to office and was not sure how much power and respect he had. Despite the efforts of Governor Breathitt and civil rights leader, the bill was not passed in in 1964. The march became a catalyst for a future bill that would be passed in 1966. On 27 January 1966 Governor Breathitt signed the Kentucky Civil Rights bill, making Kentucky the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to have a state Civil Rights Act.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Frankfort.

Explore the links below and discover photographs, oral history interviews and more information related to the March on Frankfort:

1. University of Louisville Libraries Blog

2. Kentucky Historical Society Oral History Project Governor Breathitt speaks about the first time he met King and his thoughts on the march.

3.Georgia Davis Powers speaks on the March on Frankfort
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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