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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

The King Institute
Clayborne Carson with King Center President Coretta Scott King, during her November 1986 visit to Stanford
Margo Davis
In 2005, with an initial $1 million endowment pledge from Hall of Fame football star Ronnie Lott and his All Stars Helping Kids organization, Dr. Clayborne Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to provide a permanent financial base for the King Papers Project and a broad range of other educational activities. The Institute also received a substantial endowment gift from The Mumford Family/Agape Foundation. It is seeking additional endowment support to insure that its efforts to disseminate King's visionary ideas will continue in perpetuity. 

The King Institute's current programs include:

  • Completion of the authoritive, multi-volume edition of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Publication of other books intended for general and scholarly audiences;
  • The Liberation Curriculum educational initiative, which produces curriculum materials and lesson plans as well as conducts teacher development workshops encouraging the use of the Papers Project's online documentary materials;
  • Scholar/writer-in-residence programs for invited experts in King-related fields;
  • King conferences and symposia as well as other public events designed to enhance understanding of peace and social justice issues.

King Resources
The King Institute provides access to thousands of documents, photographs and publications about the modern African American Freedom Struggle. Use this page to navigate to resources about King's life and work and the larger movements of the era.

King Encyclopedia

Visit the King Encyclopedia for information on over 1000 civil rights movement figures, events, and organizations. Additional resources include a freedom struggle chronology and featured documents.

Primary Documents

View our selected primary source documents about the African American Freedom Struggle and search thousands of records at our Online King Records Access (OKRA) database.

Freedom's Ring: King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Freedom's Ring is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, animated. Here you can compare the written and spoken speech, explore multimedia images, listen to movement activists and uncover historical context. 

Major King Events Chronology

The King Events Chronology focuses on the major events of Dr. King's life. Our volume chronologies provide a more detailed account of King's activities within each time period. 

Recommended Readings

Dr. Martin Luther King reading a book
In addition to our own volumes of the King Papers Project, here is a running list of additional books about Martin Luther King's life and work, and the black freedom struggle. 

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