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King shaking hands during the 1966 March Against Fear in Mississippi

King shakes hands during the 1966 March Against Fear in Mississippi.

Bob Fitch Photo Archive © Stanford University

We hope you enjoy exploring the King Papers Project documents, listening to Dr. King's speeches and learning about Dr. King and the African American Freedom Struggle. We also provide a list of our favorite children's literature.

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 images, listen to movement activists, and uncover history.

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

We've created a list of our favorite children's literature about Dr. King and the African American Freedom Struggle. 

King leads marchers from Selma to Montgomery, March 1965

Fun Facts

Starting 21 March 1965, King led thousands of marchers from Selma, Ala. to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala.  Protected by hundreds of federalized Alabama National Guardsmen, the demonstrators covered between 7 to 17 miles per day. Camping at night in supporters’ yards, they were entertained by celebrities such as Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne. After five days of walking, King addressed the assembled crowd: ‘‘There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes’’ (King, ‘‘Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March,’’ 25 March 1965).