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"When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every State and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: ‘Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.'"

~Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Lincoln Memorial, 1963.

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Greatness means touching people from afar
Power is the ability to move people with ideas
Acceptance is seeing the world for what it is
Courage is seeing the world for what it can be

Visionaries share the path to a brighter day
Legacies are built on that path 
So many dreams, so much hope, so much to share
All the different ways great people touch my life

I remember Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

~Bill Breitsprecher



Dr. King gave his life for what he believed in such as: Equality, Peace and Jobs and it is very disturbing to see his birthday celebrated in fun rather than organizing and marching to bring attention to the injustice in the LEGAL system, increased in poverty amongst blacks and the poor, racism in education, employment and housing. Everyone of us (black, brown and white females) has benefited from the leadership of Dr. king and has givened so little in return. Just remember " WHAT LIES BEHIND US AND WHAT LIES BEFORE US ARE SMALL MATTERS COMPARE TO WHAT LIES WITHIN US"


Dr. King's life on this earth may have ended, but his dream continues to uplift and inspire. He not only brought hope to the Black race, but to all of humanity, the whole human race! His great oration, "I've got a dream" will echo throughout the earth for all time.

As an eternal optimist, I do believe dreams come true. Dr. King's dream has the power of God's Love behind it. Let's all believe it. Let each of us add our own personal power to his dream. Let us each do our part to make this dream come true.

In God's love,

~Rev. Abraham Rose
His Rose Ministry of Love, Truth, and Beauty

Dr. King said “ We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” We must recognize that these words are no less true today. It’s not enough to redesign Allied Drive, we must design a vision for our city, county, state and country that addresses the larger issue of poverty, affordable housing, employment and fair wages, racial disparities in incarceration, employment, wage earnings and education.

Dr. King suggested that “there are some things in our social system to which all of us ought to be maladjusted.” We must call on our leaders, elected, appointed, regardless of party, or any other label, to join us in our maladjustment to discrimination and injustice. To join us in our call for healthcare for all people, fair employment practices, forgiveness toward those who have made mistakes, paid their sentence and are trying to rebuild their lives and valuing all children enough to insure that they are healthy, safe and well educated, and offered the same opportunities in life.

While it may be true that we have made progress, it’s not enough. I doubt that we, as individuals, would be satisfied with mere progress toward treating an illness or disease that we were personally experiencing, we would want it cured. So it is with the social diseases of poverty, racism, greed. We cannot be satisfied with mere progress, we must continue working toward a cure. We have to acknowledge that these ills exist, both within society and within ourselves, especially those of us who grew up with white privilege and in a home where our basic needs were met and we had a place to call home.

His legacy is one of hope and justice. His life and work lives on in these struggles and the only real way to honor his life, legacy and work is to continue that work.

We at Madison-area Urban Ministry give thanks for Dr. King’s life, his work and his faith both in God and in humanity.

~Linda Ketcham

We remember Martin spoke out, saying --he had a dream-- that one day little children of all colors would play together, without thinking the color of anyone was really that different, or better than any other color. We still have to continue to strive to make this dream come true. His dream is now our dream, to realize in our lives.

Our special challenge in these times is to show kindness and tolerance toward new immigrants. We all came here from somewhere else. This land is our adopted home. America has always been a land of opportunity. It is a place to grow up and have a better life. Our new immigrants have a common dream of a better home for their families, and a better chance for their children. We need to always remember that once, we were the new people in this place. We came here seeking a better life for our families too. We were forever greatful to those who helped us along our way. Just like us, they may have not have the option of returning to their place of origin. We cannot cure or fix the serious troubles that drive people out of far off lands, but we do have the power to extend kindness and acceptance to the newcomers wishing to become part of this community.

There will soon be a new challenge in our future. Refugees by the hundreds of thousands are currently fleeing the fighting in Iraq and filling into urban areas in nearby lands. This is already creating a human crisis which will soon become intolerable. Humanity will require that soon the United States will be receiving some thousands of these refugees into this country. We need to prepare ourselves to accept them with respect and kindness, because they are really just people, people just like us.

~ Ken Coffeen and Sharon Isensee

One of Dr. King's most insightful observations, which I often share with students and faculty, is: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Many of our students have overcome tremendous challenges but they are inspired by the knowledge that education is the most powerful vehicle we have to live Dr. King's dream of overcoming inequality. His legacy is renewed every day by those who pass through the doors he helped open to make the promise of economic and social justice real for everyone. 

~Dr. Bettsey L. Barhorst, President, 
Madison Area Technical College

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Research Guide:  
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Pathfinder

Here are some resources to learn more about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Conducting a search for information in an organized manner will help us locate what we need with the least amount of work.  It also helps ensure that we start projects with good information.  To see an easy to follow outline to help organize a research project, check our Mr. B's "Take Five" Research Process.   To see more about writing, please look at Mr. B's Writing Quick Tips for "tips & tricks" and links to other Websites that cover virtually ALL aspects grammar and writing.  

Topic:  The life of Dr. Martin Luther King and his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's and 1960'S.

Library Subject Headings (to search library catalog, can also be used as keywords for Internet searches):

  • King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Civil rights
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Civil rights workers
  • Race Relations
  • African Americans
  • African Americans -- Civil rights

Dewey Decimal Numbers (to browse materials on a library shelf)

  • 303.48 (Causes of social change)
  • 323 (Civil and political rights)
  • 323.4 (Specific civil rights)
  • 920 or 921 Kin or King (Biographies)
  • 973.92 (United States History)

Research Guide by Bill Breitsprecher
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Writings by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Martin Luther King Treasury [child/young adult]. Yonkers, NY: Educational Heritage, 1964. 

I've Been to the Mountaintop San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco, 1994. 

The Measure of A Man [child/young adult]. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988. 

The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Clayborne Carson, ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992. 

The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Word that Moved America.  Richard Lischer, ed. [child/young adult].  New York: Oxford University Press, 1995 

Strength to Love. New York: Harper & Row, 1963. 

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper, 1958. 

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. James Melvin Washington, ed. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986. 

The Trumpet of Conscience [child/young adult].  New York: Harper & Row, 1968.

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Boston: Beacon Press, 1968. 

Why We Can't Wait. New York: Harper & Row, 1964. 

Reference Books

Crompton, Samuel Williard.  2001, 100 Spiritual Leaders Who Shaped World History.  Bluewood Books.

Hamilton, Neil A. 2002  American Social Leaders and Activists.  Facts on Files.

Pendergast, Tom, 2005, The Sixties in America, Biographies.  UXL, Thomson/Gale.

Books about Martin Luther King

1992, I Have A Dream: Writing & Speeches That Changed The World. Edited by James Melville Washington. San Francisco: Harper & Row. 

1993, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion: Quotations from the Speeches, Essays, and Books of Martin Luther King, Jr. Selected by Coretta Scott King; introduced by Dexter Scott King. New York: St. Martins Press. 

1993, The March on Washington [child/young adult]. New York: Harper Collins.

Baldwin, Lewis V. 1991, There is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. 

Blythe, Robert W., Maureen A. Carroll, and Steven H. Moffson. 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: Historic Resources Study. Atlanta: Cultural Resources Planning Division, Southeast Regional Office, National Park Service, Department of the Interior. 

Branch, Taylor. 1988, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963. New York: Simon & Schuster. 

Carson, Claybourne.  2010, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. Beacon Press.

Carson, Claybourne.  2008.  Becoming King : Martin Luther King, Jr. and the making of a national leader.  Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky,

Darby, Jean. 1990, Martin Luther King, Jr. Lerner Publications.

Dyson, M.E..  2008. April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death and how it changed America .  New York : Basic Civitas Book.

Garrow, David. 1986, Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: William Morrow. 

Gogerly, Liz. 2004, The Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. [child/young adult]. Almanac Library.

Hatt, Christine.  2004, Martin Luther King Jr. [child/young adult]. World Almanac Library.

Haskins, James. 1992, I Have a Dream: The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. [child/young adult]. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press. 

Honey, Michael K.  2008.  Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign.  W. W. Norton & Company

Hoyt; Robert G. 1970, Martin Luther King, Jr. Country Beautiful Foundation; distributed by Rand McNally. 

Isaacs, Sally Senzell. 2000, America in the Time of Martin Luther King Jr.:  1948-1976  [child/young adult]. Heinemann Library.

Johnson, Charles & Bob Adelman, 2004.  King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Studio Publishers.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1958, Stride Toward Freedom. New York: Harper. 

Kotz, Nick.  2005.  Judgment days : Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the laws that changed America.  Boston : Houghton Mifflin.

Lewis, David L. 1978, King: a biography.  University of Illinois Press. 

McElrath, Jessica.  2008.  The everything Martin Luther King Jr. book : the struggle, the dream, the legacy.  Avon, Mass. : Adams Media,. 

Oates, Stephen B. 1983, Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Harper and Row. 

Peck, Ira. 1985, The life and words of Martin Luther King, Jr. [child/young adult] Scholastic.

Pepper, William F.  2008.  An act of state : the execution of Martin Luther King,  New York : Verso, 2008.

Pyatt, Sherman E. 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Greenwood Press. 

Quayle, Louise. 1990, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Dreams for Nations [child/young adult]. New York: Fawcett Columbine. 

Schloredt, Valerie. 2003, Martin Luther King Jr.:  Civil Rights Pioneer [child/young adult] Blachbirch Press, Thomson/Gale.

Selby, Gary, S.  2008.  Martin Luther King and the rhetoric of freedom : the Exodus narrative in America's struggle for civil rights.  Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press.

Tatek, Eleanora E.  1997, Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! [child/young adult].  Bantam Doubleday Dell Brooks for Young Readers.

Tucker, Deborah J. and Carolyn A. Davis.  1994, Unstoppable Man: A Bibliography, Martin Luther King, Jr. Detroit: Wayne State University. 

Warren, Dan R.  2008.  If it takes all summer : Martin Luther King, the KKK, and states' rights in St. Augustine, 1964.  Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press.

Watley, William D. 1985, Roots of Resistance: The Nonviolent Ethic of Martin Luther King Jr. Valley Forge: Judson Press. 

Woodson, Jacqueline. 1990, Martin Luther King, Jr., and his birthday [child/young adult].Silver Press, c1990. 

Articles about Dr. Martin Luther King

Alvarez, Alexandra. "Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream: The Speech Event as Metaphor.'" Journal of Black Studies, XVII (March, 1968), p. 337-357.

Baldwin, Lewis V. "A Reassessment of the Relationship Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr." Western Journal of Black Studies, XIII (Summer, 1989), p. 103-109.

Banks, Samuel L. "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered: the Fractured Dream." Journal of Negro History, LXVII (Fall, 1982), p. 195-197.

Bassett, Rodney L .  "I Have A Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr., And The Future Of Multicultural AMERICA."  Journal of Psychology & Christianity, Vol. 24 Issue 2, (Summer 2005),  p186-186, 1/3p.

Bennett, Lerone, Jr. "The King Plan for Freedom." Ebony, XI (July, 1956), p. 65-69.

Cummings, Elijah, E.; Rep, D-Md.  "40 YEARS LATER... Have We Overcome Yet?"  Ebony, Vol. 58 Issue 10, (August 2003), p166, 2p.

Dikshit, Om. "Impact of Mahatma Gandhi on Martin Luther King, Jr." Negro History Bulletin, XXXVII (February, 1975), p. 342-344.

Ebony.  "The KING Nobody Knows."  Vol. 59 Issue 3, (January 2004)p102-110, 6p, 2c, 3bw.

Ebony.  "What Would King Do Now?"  Vol. 60 Issue 3 (January 2005) p46-50, 4p, 5c; (AN 15352094)

Haines, Andrew W. "Why Law Schools Should Celebrate the Contribution of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." National Black Law Journal, X (Fall, 1987), p. 224-236.

Jackson, Jesse, Sr.  "40 YEARS LATER... Have We Overcome Yet?"   Ebony, Vol. 58 Issue 10, (August 2003), p165, 1/3p.

Killoran, Isabel.  "I've Seen The Promised Land: The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."   Childhood Education, Vol. 81 Issue 5, (2005 Annual Theme) p301-301, 1/6p.

King, Coretta Schott.  "40 YEARS LATER... Have We Overcome Yet?"  Ebony, Vol. 58 Issue 10, (August 2003), p164, 3p.

King III, Martin Luther. "'I Have a Dream' 40 Years Later."  Black Collegian, Vol. 34 Issue 2, (February 2004), p84-86, 2p, 1c, 1bw; (AN 16341433)

Lewis, John, Rep, D-Georgia.  "40 YEARS LATER... Have We Overcome Yet?"  Ebony, Vol. 58 Issue 10, (August 2003), p165, 3p; (AN 10146568)
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Literary Cavalcade.  "The Power to Persuade."  (January 2005), p. 28.

Nelson, Harold A. "The Re-Education of Sociologists: a Note on the Impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as Educator." Journal of Human Relations, XVI (1968), p. 514-523.

Newsweek, "King's Final Years." (January 9, 2006) Vol. 147 Issue 2, p42-45, 4p

Ralph, James R., Jr. "Dr. King and the Chicago freedom movement." American Visions, IX (August, 1994), p. 30. 

Ralston, Jennifer; Jones, Trevelyn E.; Toth, Luann; Charnizon, Marlene; Grabarek, Daryl; Raben, Dale. "Martin Luther King Jr: Dreaming of Equality."  School Library Journal, Vol. 51 Issue 2, (February 2005), p150-150, 1/6p; (AN 16010679)

Rinaldo, Denise.  "He Had a Dream."  Junior Scholastic (January 5, 2004), p. 10.

Scholastic Scope. "Letter from Birmingham jail."  (January 10, 2005), p. 14.

School Library Journal, "Martin Luther King, Jr." Vol. 51, (Spring2005 Supplement), p25-25, 1/9p.

Terrell, Kenneth.  "A Dream Remembered."  U.S. News & World Report, Vol. 135 Issue 6, (September 1, 2003), .p14-14, 1/2p, 1bw.

Time.  "What If He Were Alive Today?" (January 9, 2006), Vol. 167 Issue 2, p50-51, 2p, 4c, 4bw.

Turner, Richard Brent.  "The Influence of Martin Luther Kind and Malcolm X on Hip Hop."  USA Today Magazine, Vol. 133 Issue 2710, (July 2004) p64-65, 3p, 1bw.

Zaslow, Jeffrey.  "Kids on the Bus: The Overlooked Role Of Teenagers in the Civil Rights Era.'  Wall Street Journal - Eastern Edition, Vol. 246 Issue 101 (11/10/2005), pD1-D1, 1/5p.

White, Jack E. "Killing the Dreamer."  (March 31, 2003), Vol. 161 Issue 13, pA50, 1/3p, 1bw.

Videos about Dr. Martin Luther King

American history for children. African American life. Schlessinger Video Productions, c1996.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a historical perspective.  Xenon Home Video, c1993. 

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. [A companion volume to the six-part television series.] by Juan Williams, 1987.

Great Americans, Martin Luther King, Jr. Encyclopaedia Britannical Educational Corp., 1982. 

Kids discovering history. Martin Luther King, Jr. American Institute for Education, c1999.

King. MGM Home Entertainment, 2005, c1978. 

King, Montgomery to Memphis. Pacific Arts Video, 1988.

Legacy of a dream.  MPI Home Video, 1990. 

Martin Luther King. "I have a dream." MPI Home Video, c2005

Martin, the emancipator a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King by Gordon, W. C. United Standard Media Corp., c1985. 

The speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. MPI Home Video, 1990, c1988. 

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