Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader
|October 5, 2011||Posted by Darcy Pattison under Civil Rights|
HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
- Visit The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, most often just called “The King Center”, east of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. You can see Dr. King’s beginning—his home for his first 12 years—and his and Mrs. King’s final resting place. Other special places you will see: the Civil Rights Walk of Fame, a statue of Gandhi, the Eternal Flame (to symbolize the ongoing effort for world peace, equality, and justice), Freedom Hall (with art and exhibits from Africa and honoring Dr. and Mrs. King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Rosa Parks), the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (where Dr. King served as co-pastor). If you can’t visit the actual grounds in Georgia, wander through the excellent website, where you’ll find lots of interesting information about Dr. King, as well as full texts from every speech.
The King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312; General Information phone 404.526.8900; http://www.thekingcenter.org/
- Listen to “I Have a Dream.” Learn more about Dr. King at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research And Education Institute, where many sources tell you much more. You can hear a complete audio version of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech August 28, 1963.
Stanford University, Cypress Hall D, 466 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305-4146; phone 650.723.2092; http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/
- Watch a clip of the “I have a Dream” speech. The Martin Luther King Estate and the record label EMI own the rights to anything related to Dr. King, so publishing Dr. King’s speech is not allowed without their permission, due to copyright laws. But because of an out of court settlement with CBS News, you may see a two minute and 17 second video clip from Dr. King’s most famous speech, “I Have A Dream”, given in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/id=3992238n
- The Holiday. Celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday every third Monday of every January. Many people like to honor Dr. King’s life by doing something for their community that day.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Leads the March on Washington (3:10), by History.com
Click here to see the video.
On the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at 1964 Independence Avenue Southwest, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial now honors the civil rights leader. Its address commemorates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in which Dr. King played a pivotal role getting signed.
The 30’ tall Dr. King memorial is his face and body emerging from solid stone, offset from two solid slabs standing behind it. The site is almost directly across from the Washington Monument, in between the Jefferson Memorial—honoring the Declaration of Independence’s author—and the Lincoln Memorial, honoring the president who ended slavery and site of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
Dr. King’s Memorial is a special tribute, honoring a private citizen who made such a difference for so many.
-Compiled by Lorri Cardwell-Casey