|The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become, different- to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses. - John Fischer|
Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most famous 20th century American who strove for equality, justice, the end of poverty and civil rights for all through nonviolent means. Born on January 15, 1929, he deservedly received the Nobel Peace Prize in December of 1964. Reverend King's life was tragically ended by an assassin's bullet in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968 but the essence and hopes he spoke of in his famous "I have a dream" speech made in Washington, D.C. in 1963 lives on in many American's hearts. He is the U.S.'s equivalent of Russia's great Nobel Peace Prize winner, Andrei Sakharov . Although not his exact birthdate, we pay respect to him with this federal holiday on the 3rd Monday of every January. We honor Dr. King by holding his ideals close, both nationally and globally.
Although there many good sites about Dr. King on the Internet, we have chosen these few because we feel the quality of their content captures the true vision of Dr. King. Find out more about this fascinating man's life and work.
A copy of the famous speech delivered to thousands on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963 by Martin Luther King, Jr. This speech sums up the vision of Dr. King.
Chosen as one of the 100 most influential people to shape the 20th century, this article from documents the life and struggle of this leader.
This indepth, extremely informative site contains documents, biographicalinformation (including a great chronology of his life), articles and references.
A part of the National Park Service, this site is located in Dr. King'shometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Information about the historic site and theMartin Luther King, Jr.Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. is provided.
Developed by The Seattle Times in Washington State, this is another welldeveloped site about Martin Luther King, Jr. Information includes thedevelopment of the holiday, his biography, the Civil Rights Movement, an electronicclassroom with resources for teachers, the legacy left behind, and a moderated forum on his life and legacy.
This "celebration of the man and the holiday" honors the civil rightsmovement with information about this holiday, Dr. King and Rosa Parks,known as the "Mother" of the Civil Rights Movement.
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