Saturday, January 14, 2006

A Virtual Path to Martin Luther King's World

With this Monday’s holiday in mind, your Virtual Library Cat has been nosing around computer screens hoping to peer into some authoritative and fascinating MLK web sites. The basics about the MLK Holiday (click on the word "here" at the bottom of this page) and how it came to be celebrated nationwide are provided by the King Center. Established in 1968 by the civil rights leader’s widow, Coretta Scott King, the King Center is the “living memorial and institutional guardian of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.” To discover Dr. King’s life and work through direct immersion in photos, letters, sermons, speeches, and links to information about nearly every person associated with him and his movement, there is no better online source than the King Papers Project. A cooperative venture of Stanford University, the Center, and the King Estate, the Project’s primary mission is to publish a definitive 14-volume edition of King’s written works, the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Five volumes have already been completed, with digitized transcripts of many documents available online. Dynamic use of these documents is made in the site’s Major King Events Chronology and in the impressive King Biography and King Encyclopedia, with internal links to any major idea, activity or personality of the civil rights movement as well as to King’s own writings.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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