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The King Center
The King Center was 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.
More than 650,000 visitors from all over the world are drawn annually to the King Center to pay homage to Dr. King, view unique exhibits illustrating his life and teachings and visit the King Center’s Library, Archives, his final resting place, his birth home, gift shop and other facilities. Located in Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, 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.
MLK Day of Service
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day On the Net
Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence. We've got stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
The King Papers 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.
Initiated by the Atlanta-based The King Center, the King Papers Project is one of only a few large-scale research ventures focusing on an African American. In 1985 the King Center's founder and president Coretta Scott King invited Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson to become the Project's director and senior editor. As a result of Dr. Carson's selection, the Project became a cooperative venture of Stanford University, the King Center, and the King Estate.
The King Papers Project's principal mission is to publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts. The published volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., have already influenced scholarship and become essential reference works. Building upon this research foundation, 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. The Project also offers unique opportunities for students to become involved in its research through the King Fellowship Program.
The Liberation Curriculum is designed to support the work of high school teachers by fostering professional development and curricular innovation through the use of internet and multimedia technology. The goal of the project is to create historically accurate and pedagogically effective educational materials that address issues of social justice and human rights, while meeting state and national frameworks. Participating teachers collaborate with KPP staff to develop academically rigorous lesson plans that encourage critical inquiry and inspire civic engagement. Access to an online learning community, coupled with a series of workshops, gives teachers the necessary resources and support to fully integrate the Liberation Curriculum into their teaching. Lesson plans are made available to the public through the Liberation Community website.
Dr. Carson is actively seeking an endowment for the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research Institute on Stanford's campus. This institute will focus on research studies into issues of social justice, social change and social reconciliation.
In addition to core funding from Stanford University, the King Papers Project receives financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Georgia
National Park Service site.