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King Resources

The King Institute provides access to thousands of documents, photographs and publications about the modern African American Freedom Struggle. Use this page to navigate to resources about King's life and work and the larger movements of the era.

King Encyclopedia

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Global Freedom Struggle

Visit the King Encyclopedia for information on over 1000 civil rights movement figures, events, and organizations. Additional resources include a freedom struggle chronology and featured documents.

Primary Documents

Handwritten excerpt of MLK sermon "Life's Blueprint"

View our selected primary source documents about the African American Freedom Struggle and search thousands of records at our Online King Records Access (OKRA) database.

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

Picture of image used in scrolling exhibit

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. 

Major King Events Chronology

King and Abernathy taken in tow, Good Friday march, Birmingham 1963

The King Events Chronology focuses on the major events of Dr. King's life. Our volume chronologies provide a more detailed account of King's activities within each time period. 

Recommended Readings

Dr. Martin Luther King reading a book

In addition to our own volumes of the King Papers Project, here is a running list of additional books about Martin Luther King's life and work, and the black freedom struggle.