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50 Years Ago: Martin Luther King, Jr., Speaks at Stanford University

Welcome to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute

Building upon the achievements of Stanford University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, the King Institute supports a broad range of activities illuminating Dr. King's life and the movements he inspired.

The King Papers

A comprehensive collection of Dr. King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts.

Liberation Curriculum

Document-based lesson plans and online educational resources related to the modern African American Freedom Struggle. 

King Resources

Database with the archival locations of King-related documents, a King Encyclopedia, ancillary Institute publications, and recommended readings. 

The Institute

News, events, and information about Institute director Clayborne Carson and the staff. 


Explore the King Institute

Freedom's Ring

Freedom's Ring: King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Freedom's Ring is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, animated. Here you can compare the written and spoken speech, explore multimedia images, listen to movement activists and uncover historical context. 

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Encyclopedia

King Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia, based on the extensive historical research originally conducted for The Papers, has over 280 articles on civil rights movement figures, events, and organizations.


Online King Records Access (OKRA)

Document Research Requests

King Papers Publications

Featured Documents

Lesson Plans


The Institute cannot give permission to use or reproduce any of the writings, statements, or images of Martin Luther King, Jr. Please do not contact us for this purpose. To obtain proper authorization for use of Dr. King's works and intellectual property, please contact Intellectual Properties Management (IPM), the exclusive licensor of the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. at or 404 526-8968.

Clayborne Carson

Clayborne Carson

Selected in 1985 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson has devoted most his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired.

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Suggested readings about the Civil Rights Movement, fun facts, and audio-visual resources. 


K-12 lesson plans and primary and secondary sources about the modern African American Freedom Struggle. 


King-related primary and secondary sources and a guide for History Day research. 


A database of King-related primary documents and recommended scholarly sources.