The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project at Stanford University was awarded a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant in the amount of $200,000 for the continuation of its work on Volumes 8 and 9, as well as the digital edition of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. These volumes will cover September 1962 through the end of 1964, and will chronicle the campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama; the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; desegregation efforts in St. Augustine, Florida; and the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The project will also complete the digital conversion of documents from Volume 7.
Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, who chairs the NHPRC, awarded 31 grants this year totaling $4,093,283 for projects in 15 states. Fourteen of these were awarded to documentary editing projects to publish the papers of major American figures, including Dolley Madison, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, and the Freedom History project founded by the late Ira Berlin, who served as a member of the King Papers Project's Advisory Board. The goal of the grant program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. With the means provided by the NHPRC, the King Papers Project is able to make King’s global vision for social justice freely available to the public.
For the complete list of grants awarded by the NHPRC this cycle, click here.