Today in History–January 15–the Library of Congress features civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., born on this date in 1929. King entered Morehouse College at 15, received a bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951, and a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955. Armed with his doctorate and belief in the use of non-violent action to end racial discrimination, King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and joined the civil right movement. In less than a decade, he earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. Learn more about this inspirational man by visting the Today in History section, then click the links below for more resources related to MLK.
- Mural of MLK, Jr., and Malcolm X at a playground . . . Brooklyn, NY
- King mural detail, District of Columbia Public Library
- More images related to Martin Luther King, Jr.
- H.R. 3706, a bill to make the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a legal public holiday
- More legislation related to Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University
- “We Shall Overcome” sheet music
- Martin Luther King, Jr. stories from America’s Library
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day In Custodia Legis blog January 17, 2011
- Thoughts on Martin Luther King Day Folklife Today blog January 15, 2015
- Dr. King Remembered Folklife Today blog January 16, 2017
- Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther King’s Use of Proverbs for Civil Rights (streaming webcast)
- Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws That Changed America (streaming webcast)
- Featured Source: Martin Luther King, Jr. – Why we can’t . . . guided primary source analysis activities
- Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing Activity
- Honoring Our History through Artwork: Martin Luther King, Jr. in Library of Congress Primary Sources Teaching with the Library of Congress blog January 3, 2013
- Primary Source Spotlight: Civil Rights primary source collections & teaching resources