Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. In November 1983, President Reagan signed legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, making it the third national holiday born in the twentieth century. The first was Veterans Day, created as a “prayer for peace” in 1926. Memorial Day came second in 1948. In 1956, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Honor King’s memory with this online expedition into his life and achievements.

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History: Martin Luther King, Jr.5 stars

Dr. King "was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965." Visit for articles, video, speeches and pictures about Dr. King's life and causes.

The King Center5 stars

"Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950's and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States." The King Center, created in 1968 by King's widow, Coretta Scott King, is dedicated to the advancement of King's nonviolent ideals. Best clicks can be found listed under About (About Dr. King, About Mrs. King), Learn (Nonviolence Education, Nonviolence Glossary) and Dreams (View Dreams, Add a Dream).

MLK Day of Service4 stars

"Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. Make it a day ON. Not a day OFF." King was a big proponent of people from all walks of life coming together to improve their community. This site encourages community service, with tips on finding an existing opportunity or starting your own. Learn how to start a MLK Day of Service project from scratch, with a downloadable toolkit that includes tips on publicity, recruiting, and volunteer management. Look for the link to the Toolkits under the headline Plan.

MLK Online4 stars

MLK Online was created in 1998 by Daniel Moss when he was just a high-school sophomore. It is well-written, and a great resource for school reports. It includes a King biography, a history of the holiday, transcripts of fifteen speeches, and a page of quotations. Best clicks are in Multimedia, where you'll find audio, video, and photos.

Seattle Times: Martin Luther King, Jr.5 stars

This Seattle Times special is my pick of the day. It covers King's life with the usual biography and timeline, but it shines in the Perspectives section, which includes Roadways Across America (a look at six streets bearing King's name), student essays, and class conversations between four third-grade classes. Finish your visit by trying the twelve-question civil rights quiz.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Fact Monster: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

King Papers Project

Martin Luther King Jr. Biography Martin Luther King Jr.

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