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King, Fred L. Shuttlesworth, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff members at a 1966 staff workshop in Frogmore, South Carolina. | Bob Fitch Photo Archive © Stanford University

To support your research projects, The King Institute provides access to searchable primary source documents, recommended scholarly articles and an online encyclopedia of the major events and people of the African American freedom struggle.

The King Papers Project’s principal mission is to publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King’s most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts.

The Online King Records Access (OKRA) database provides easily searchable access to information on thousands of speeches, sermons, letters, and other historic documents by and about Martin Luther King, Jr.

To assist your research, we’ve compiled a list of recommended reading about King and the modern African American freedom struggle.

Explore some of the most famous documents written by or about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.