MLK Papers Online for Free

Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been celebrated as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

If Dr. King were still with us, he would have turned 83 yesterday.

To mark the national holiday, more than 200,000 of King’s personal papers have just been made available for free online.

They include documents related to his 1963 ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’.

There are notes about the ending of his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech the same year.

And there’s the hand–written draft of his acceptance speech for the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

It took nearly 500 people nine months to sort through the documents, take digital images of each one, index the papers and store them in acid–free containers.

If you want to check them out, you can click here.

Posted by Mike Hoey

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