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Additional Links: The following links are excellent resources for researching Dr. King's ideology, theology, and works.

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Centers & Museums

The King Center
Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace. The King Center utilizes diverse communications media, including books, audio and video cassettes, film, television, CDs and web pages, to reach out far beyond its physical boundaries to educate people all over the world about Dr. King’s life, work and his philosophy and methods of nonviolent conflict-reconciliation and social change.
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs. The Museum presents a timeline of the civil rights struggle relating to African Americans and concentrates on the seminal events of the 1950's and 1960's. Exhibits include: Montgomery Bus Boycott; Brown vs. Board of Topeka; Little Rock; The March on Washington; Freedom Movement; March from Selma to Montgomery; Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike; and The Struggle Continues.
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Souther Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation. Its programs include the Intelligence Project, Teaching Tolerance and The Center also sponsors the Civil Rights Memorial, which celebrates the memory of those who died during the Civil Rights Movement.

Research Aids

The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University
The Project is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated. Its principal mission is to publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts. The Project also engages in other related educational activities. Using multimedia and computer technology to reach diverse audiences, it has greatly increased the documentary information about King's ideas and achievements that is available to popular as well as scholarly audiences. It also offers unique opportunities for students to become involved in its research through the King Fellowship Program.
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Center is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. It contains over 5,000,000 items and provides services and programs for constituents from the United States and abroad. The Center provides access to and professional reference assistance in the use of its collections to the scholarly community and the general public through five research divisions, each managing materials in specific formats but with broad subject focus. Its collections include art objects, audio and video tapes, books, manuscripts, motion picture films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, prints, recorded music discs and sheet music.
A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Professor Melvin Sylvester

Teaching Aids

MLK Web:A Teacher's Guide
Built by teachers, MLKweb is a noncommercial endeavour to make finding information on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. easier for both teachers and students. The site includes links to books, video, audio, posters and other organizations dedicated to Dr. King.
MLK Jr. Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. realized service was the great equalizer. He once said, "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve."
Join thousands of Americans across the country who are honoring the life and work of Dr. King by serving their community on the King holiday. This Web site will help you find out how to serve or give you tips for creating and enhancing a service project of your own.

Speeches & Letters

Archer Audio Archives
This website contains audio clips of seven King speeches including "I have a dream" and "I've seen the promised land".
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
In the spring of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. was sent to jail in the aftermath of the Birmingham confrontation with Public Safety Commissioner "Bull" Connor and municipal authorities. When King was criticized by a group of white clergymen who blamed him for precipitating the violence, he penned a subdued, but passionate letter of reply to his colleagues.


Chasing the Dream: Exploring Black History (CNN Learning Adventures)
CNN Learning Adventures is a presentation to educators on Martin Luther King Jr. The site includes a biography, images, a lesson plan, and related links.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Calkins Newspapers Inc.)
Martin Luther King Jr. (Seattle Times)
This Web site contains stories and photos culled from The Seattle Times over the past decade.
MLK Online
Your "one stop source" for Martin Luther King Jr. information on the Web. The site contains links to a biography, information on the holiday, images, audio and video clips, speeches, quotes, books and much more.
Powerful Days:The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore
Shocking photos brought the civil-rights struggle to all America. Relive it through the powerful photographs of photojournalist Charles Moore.
Selma 1965:March to Freedom
For five days in March of 1965, civil rights activists responded to weeks of violence and unrest by walking the 54 miles of Alabama highway from Selma to Alabama’s state capitol of Montgomery. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the march dramatized Alabama’s discriminatory voter registration policies and focused national attention on a problem that extended far beyond Alabama. The site contains 5 video clips of actual news footage shot during the five days.
Timeline of Heroes: Martin Luther King Jr. (MSNBC Time & Again Series)
Excellent multimedia tool! This site is the video-stream edition of the T.V. series Time & Again's profile on Martin Luther King Jr. The profile includes real footage and rarely seen King interviews.
We Shall Overcome:Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Created by: Cynthia Tysick & Shari A. Salisbury
Last Revised: October 29, 2001