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His words


I Have a Dream (PDF)

The famous speech delivered in 1963 to more than 200,000 civil-rights marchers at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"I still have a dream" MP3 (1:03)

"Let freedom ring" MP3 (1:20)

I've Been to the Mountaintop (PDF)

King gave this speech, saying "I may not get there with you," the day before he was assassinated.

"We will get to the promised land" MP3 (:56)

On nonviolence:

Letter From a Birmingham Jail (PDF)

King felt compelled to respond to those who would advise African Americans to wait patiently for justice. He outlines the reasons for his peaceful approach in this 1963 letter.

Nobel Prize acceptance speech (PDF)

King used his 1964 speech, given in Oslo, Norway, as a reminder of the ongoing struggle.

For students:

What Is Your Life's Blueprint?

In 1967, a group of students in Philadelphia listened to King talk about his hopes for them.

The Purpose of Education

King's article in the Morehouse student paper, the Maroon Tiger, in 1947, argues that the critical intellect requires moral development.

Example of a sermon:

The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life

King preaches to congregants in 1967 about a life of length, breadth and depth.

On poverty:

Where We Are Going

In this chapter of his last book, King wrote about the need to address poverty as an issue of class, not race.

Other Education projects

School Guide

Evaluate schools in the Seattle area.

College Guide

Picking a school, getting in and paying for it.

Black History Month crossword

Test your knowledge of these great Americans.

Two Peoples, One Land

Why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting.

Understanding the Conflict

Learn about the people of Afghanistan.

Newspapers In Education

This way for reading, writing and newspapers.