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Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American History

African American History Month Resources

African-American History Month Databases

  • Founding DocumentsCivil Rights Movement Resources

    A database of online resources compiled by the MCPS Teaching American History grant; also includes links to many other resources pertaining to African-American history

  • Black History Month Links

    Created by the State Department's International Information Programs, this has links to bibliographies, archival and research sites, presidential speeches and full-text versions of government reports, and articles on topics like the Amistad revolt, the civil rights movement and President Clinton's "National Conversation on Race"

  • Black History Biographies

    A database of short biographies of African-American figures from the Gale Group reference publishing company


African-American History Month Media and Primary Sources

  • Founding DocumentsVideo: Race, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights

    Video of a lecture given by Professor Roger Wilkins of George Mason University. A Keynote lecture on Race, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights given for the Teaching American History grant in Loudoun County, VA

  • Founding DocumentsVideo: Civil Rights

    Video of a lecture given by Professor Wendi Manuel-Scott of George Mason Univeristy for the Teaching American History grant in Loudoun County, VA. Dr. Manuel-Scott discusses the Civil Rights Movement in the United States

  • Founding DocumentsVideo: Jim Crow

    Video of a lecture given by Professor Wendi Manuel-Scott of George Mason Univeristy for the Teaching American History grant in Loudoun County, VA. Dr. Manuel-Scott discusses the impact of Jim Crow laws in the United States

  • StarTelevision News of the Civil Rights Era, 1950-1970

    A large collection of film clips, summaries, primary documents, classroom activities, oral histories, and essays from the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia

  • The Amistad Case Brief

    John Quincy Adams' original supreme court brief held online by the Library of Congress in defense of the fifty-three African captives aboard the Spanish schooner Amistad who mutinied off the coast of Cuba in 1839

  • StarAmerican Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology

    A collection of interviews with former slaves who discuss their lives before and after freedom; including photos and audio from one of the original interviews

  • From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection

    Pamphlets documenting the African-American experience from slavery to the early twentieth century from the Library of Congress' American Memory Collection

  • Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro

    Survey Graphic was a social work magazine of the 1920's. This site includes the entire edition of the magazine for March, 1925 which was focused on what is now termed the Harlem Renaissance and is an outstanding collection of primary sources

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • King Institute

    Collections of Dr. King's original writings and other primary sources and teaching materials provided by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute of Stanford University

  • Teaching With Documents: Martin Luther King, Jr.

    From the National Archives' section for educators and students, a lesson plan for teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Memphis Sanitation Worker

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

    This website, provided by the Seattle Times, provides resources on Martin Luther King Jr. including: a timeline; study guide (with teaching exercises); resources; perspectives; and a civil rights quiz

  • audio PDF logoDr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

    Audio and text version of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream," address delivered on 28 August 1963 in Washington, D.C. at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

  • audioAudio clips of "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech

    Provided by American Public Media's Say it Plain, an archive of great African-American speeches; this site provides background, full text, and an audio version of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final address

  • StarVideo: Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech in Danville, VA

    Video of a speech given by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Danville, VA on July 11, 1963 in which he calls out the brutality of the Danville police force; footage from WDBJ Television, Roanoke, VA and provided through the Virginia Center for Digital History