On August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke these words: "I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream." This speech became synonymous with Dr. King and his non-violent fight for civil rights. Honor his memory with this online expedition into his life and achievements. [Editor's Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Martin Luther King, Jr.]
"A Baptist minister and passionate fighter for civil rights through non-violent action, he (Dr. King) was the closest this country has come to producing a leader with the moral stature of Mohandas Gandhi." This celebration of Dr. King's life and mission, created by the Seattle Times, covers The Man, The Movement, The Legacy and The Holiday. Don't miss the audio clips from three of King's best known speeches (follow the link from The Man). Be sure to finish by trying the quiz (follow the link from The Classroom).
The King Directory is a joint effort from the King Center in Atlanta and the King Papers Project at Stanford University. It contains a brief biography as well as an archive of King's own writings. I found the Clayborne Carson article examining King's religious roots particularly interesting. "Rather than being torn between two mutually exclusive religious traditions, King's uniquely effective transracial leadership was based on his ability to combine elements of African-American and European-American religious traditions." Find it by following the link to Articles.
Hats off to the kids of Room 100 (a mixed age K-2 classroom) at Buckman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon who illustrated this time line of Dr. King's life. Although the use of browser frames is a bit awkward at times, I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork . Keep up the good work!
This time line presents a brief history of the American civil rights movement, starting in 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education. This landmark Supreme Court case found segregation unconstitutional, overthrowing the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling of "separate but equal". The time line continues to 1965 when President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.