Study Dr. Martin Luther King

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Today people in the United States honor the memory and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. We will see many tributes that quote the famous speech delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963: I Have a Dream.

Dr. King at the
March of Washington

As researchers, we try to develop a deeper understanding than can be found in soundbites. If you want to learn about King’s entire body of work, you might be interested in exploring the complete archive. Stanford University hosts the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute , which offers an open access online repository for letters, papers, and speeches. Written documents, photographs, and media clips are freely available on the site. Curricular materials include lesson plans, online educational resources and plans you can adapt for professional development workshops. 


Martin Luther King Jr. at
The Birmingham Jail 

A section on Information for Researchers is particularly valuable. The site as a whole offers researchers source materials to use with narrative methods. See these related MethodSpace posts to learn about these approaches, including ways to analyze diaries or letters.

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