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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Digital Resources

Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King.

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Critical Insights

American civil rights literature has largely been associated with speeches, letters, and non-fiction works produced by African-American activists of the 1950s and 60s such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. This volume not only examines key works of the African-American civil rights debate past and present, it also explores issues of gender equality and sexual orientation integral to civil rights studies.

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King Me : Three One-Act Plays Inspired by the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A trio of short dramas set in the South and spanning 1968 to the present, King Me features compelling characters and relevant themes that examine our ongoing understanding of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bound by Blood, #communicate, and Paradox in the Parish richly dramatize three of King's popular quotes, offering creative methods for teaching history and social studies and setting the stage for inspiring discussions for contemporary theater goers. 

Learning about Dignity from the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This hero of the civil rights movement always showed supreme dignity in the face of indignities and injustices. Kids can learn from his example and apply his methods to their own lives.

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Combining the latest insights from King's biographies and movement histories, this book provides an up-to-date critical analysis of the relationship between King and the wider civil rights movement.  Delivering a fresh perspective on the relationship between 'the man and the movement', Kirk argues that it is the interaction between national and local movement concerns that is essential to understanding King's leadership and black activism in the 1950s and 1960s.   the contributions of other civil rights organizations leaders, and local civil rights activists.

Martin Luther King, Jr. : nonviolent strategies and tactics for social change

Nearly half a century after his assassination, King continues to have an impact on much of the American dialogue about civil rights.This attractive new biography features a wealth of useful features, including full-color and black-and-white photographs, an index, chronology, and sidebars.

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Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Theology of Resistance

It has been nearly fifty years since Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Appraisals of King's contributions began almost immediately and continue to this day. The author explores a great many of King's chief ideas and socio-ethical practices: his concept of a moral universe, his doctrine of human dignity, his belief that not all suffering is redemptive, his brand of personalism, his contribution to the development of social ethics, the inclusion of young people in the movement, sexism as a contradiction to his personalism, the problem of black-on-black violence, and others.

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Daddy King: An Autobiography

From coming of age under poverty and the looming threat of racial violence to preaching from the Ebenezer pulpit for forty years, King, Sr., candidly reveals his life inside the civil rights movement, illustrating the profound influence he had on his son. Born in 1899 to a family of sharecroppers in Stockbridge, Georgia, Martin Luther King, Sr., came of age under the looming threat of violence at the hands of white landowners. 

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Martin Luther King Jr. , Heroism, and African American Literature

African-American writers have incorporated Martin Luther King Jr. into their work since he rose to prominence in the mid-1950s. Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature is a study by award-winning author Trudier Harris of King's character and persona as captured and reflected in works of African American literature continue to evolve.   One of the most revered figures in American history, King stands above most as a hero. His heroism, argues Harris, is informed by African-American folk cultural perceptions of heroes. 

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Misremembering Dr. King : Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

We all know the name. Martin Luther King Jr., the great American civil rights leader. But most people today know relatively little about King, the campaigner against militarism, materialism, and racism--what he called the "giant triplets." Jennifer J. Yanco takes steps to redress this imbalance. "My objective is to highlight the important aspects of Dr. King's work which have all but disappeared from popular memory so that more of us can really 'see' King." After briefly telling the familiar story of King's civil rights campaigns and accomplishments, she considers the lesser-known concerns that are an essential part of his legacy. 

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The Speech: The Story behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963. Fifty years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement. It continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality. This gripping book is rooted in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of and draft speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr., and Joan Baez, a singer at the march, as well as Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders.

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Stride Toward Freedom

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as "the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who, in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth.'' I

Martin Luther King Jr.

David Susskind Archive: Interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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