This LibGuide serves as a repository for materials relating to the political work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a human rights advocate who fought tirelessly to advance through nonviolent measures messages of racial justice, social equity, economic justice, and fair labor practices on behalf of African Americans and the American people. For an exhaustive collection of King-related resources, including Dr. King's personal papers, exclusive recordings, and curriculum and lesson plans for educators, visit the website of Standford's The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute.
"When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. ... One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
-“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,” Address Delivered at Riverside Church in New York City (1967)
"Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality integrated education. Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity. Let us be dissatisfied until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not on the basis of the color of their skin."
"Where Do We Go From Here?," Address Delivered at the Eleventh Annual SCLC Convention (1967)
"Now let me say as I move to my conclusion that we've got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We've got to see it through. And when we have our march, you need to be there. If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school, be there. Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike, but either we go up together or we go down together. Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness."
-"I've Been to the Mountaintop," Address Delivered During the Memphis Sanitation Strike (1968)