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Remembering and Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Primer

Pay tribute to the activist and icon with our collection of great writing by and about Dr. King.

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There is so much more to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy than his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech—and so many ways to honor his memory. We’ve gathered some of his greatest speeches and letters, from the most notable to the lesser-known, as well as tributes and remembrances from more than 50 years of journalism about the civil rights icon. Plus, ideas for how to be of service to your community, this week and all year round.

‘I Have a Dream’ Speech, In Its Entirety

NPR

Americans across the U.S. are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with a day of service. We reflect on his life and message by revisiting his celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety.

The World House [LISTEN]

anchor.fm

Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, and Dr. Mira Foster, director of the Liberation Curriculum, talk about anything and everything related to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the freedom struggles he inspired.

Funeral

Rebecca Burns
atlantamagazine.com

An oral history of the remarkable behind-the-scenes effort to stage Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 funeral and keep peace in Atlanta while 110 other cities burned.

MLK Day of Service

americorps.gov

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.