TITLE: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project

ACCESS: http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/

The King Papers Project at Stanford University has numerous resources that are immensely useful for researchers and scholars. Through the cooperative research effort of Stanford University, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and the Martin Luther King Jr. estate, historical information concerning Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement is disseminated. Clearly, this extraordinary Web site supports the efforts of the project.

The "Published Documents" area of the site offers works published by the King Papers Project and those written or coedited by Clayborne Carson, director of the project. For example, users can access the full text of selected pages from "The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.," a multivolume work in progress. A search engine is provided to assist in searching for documents such as King's speeches, sermons, autobiography, and articles. A comprehensive inventory of King's major sermons, speeches, public statements, public writings, and manuscripts is browsable.

From "Popular Requests," users can quickly access the audio and full text of King's popular letters, speeches, and sermons. However, users will need a player, such as Quicktime or Realmedia, to listen to the files. Several of King's popular quotes and writings on war and peace are available. The major events in King's life are listed chronologically from 1929 to 1955 and can be explored through the "Interactive Flash Chronology." Selected King quotes on education, nonviolence, reconciliation, social justice, and social transformation are provided.
From "About King," users can access a biographical sketch of King. Information on events, people, or places associated with King and the civil rights movement is included in "King Encyclopedia." The excellent "King and the Black Freedom Struggle Chronology, 1896 to 1968" is found here also.

A link of interest to high school teachers is "Liberation Curriculum," which offers access to educational materials that address social justice and human rights issues. By becoming a "Liberation Community" member, teachers can access more educational resources and materials not available to the public.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project includes other useful pages, such as "Additional Resources," which lists books, children books, audiovisual materials and Web sites for more information on King, and "About the Project."

The site is easily navigable and well organized. It is a valuable resource for users at all levels.

Nancy Allen
University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee/New College of Florida

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