- Do you have copies of original documents and do you function like
No. We work in conjunction with other archives and repositories that
house the original documents. We are a documentary publishing effort.
The two archives with the largest holdings of King material are Boston
Univeristy's Mugar Library and The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Is there a complete audio copy of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering
his "I Have A Dream" speech?
Yes, you can find it on our website under Popular King. Look for "Voice
of King" and "Address at March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom". If you wish to purchase the full audio of Dr. King's
"I Have a Dream Speech," it is available in the Time Warner
Call to Conscience, The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Is it possible to order audio of Dr. King's speeches and sermons?
Some audio clips are available on our website in the "Voice
of King" category. Original recordings of Dr. King giving sermons,
speeches and personal statements are currently available through the
Time Warner Audiobooks of A
Call to Conscience, The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and A
Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of the Reverend
Martin Luther King Jr.
- I am looking for pictures of Dr. King. Can you help?
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project does not own the rights to
photos. Two quick and easy ways to find King photos for use are through
the following websites: stock photo and Corbis.
- Are there any teaching materials available on Dr. King?
Currently we are working on teaching materials on Dr. King. Our first
step has been to increase the availability of primary materials online.
Please continue to browse through our site for interesting materials.
Be sure to contact
us to stay informed of the progress of our efforts and visit the
- Is there a way to search the King documents online for particular
phrases or quotes? How can I verify a King quote that I've found?
We have a search engine accessible from the upper left hand corner of
our page. However, if you do not find the quote you are looking for
there, take a look at our quotes pages. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
provides a limited number of King quotes but they are accurate.
- What books are available about Dr. King?
While many books are available regarding the life and movement of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., we recommend the following books as a starting
point for King studies:
Bearing the Cross by David J. Garrow |
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin
Luther King, Jr. with Clayborne Carson as editor
I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King by Margaret
I May Not Get There With You by Michael Eric Dyson
Origins of the Civil Rights Movement by Aldon Morris
I've Got the Light of Freedom by Charles Payne
The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It
by Joanne G. Robinson
He Had a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights
Movement by Flip Schulke (note: this is a photo book)
Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch
Pillar of Fire by Taylor Branch
- What is the Project's response to the accusations of plagiarism
against Dr. King?
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project addresses these concerns
on pp. 25-26 of Volume II of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. entitled
"Rediscovering Precious Values, July 1951-November 1955,"
Clayborne Carson, Senior Editor. Following is an excerpt from these
. . . .The readers of King's dissertation, L. Harold DeWolf and
S. Paul Schilling, a professor of systematic theology who had recently
arrived at Boston University, failed to notice King's problematic use
of sources. After reading a draft of the dissertation, DeWolf criticized
him for failing to make explicit "presuppositions and norms employed
in the critical evaluation," but his comments were largely positive.
He commended King for his handling of a "difficult" topic
"with broad learning, impressive ability and convincing mastery
of the works immediately involved." Schilling found two problems
with King's citation practices while reading the draft, but dismissed
these as anomalous and praised the dissertation in his Second Reader's
report. . . .
As was true of King's other academic papers, the plagiaries in his dissertation
escaped detection in his lifetime. His professors at Boston, like those
at Crozer, saw King as an earnest and even gifted student who presented
consistent, though evolving, theological identity in his essays, exams
and classroom comments. . . .Although the extent of King's plagiaries
suggest he knew that he was at least skirting academic norms, the extant
documents offer no direct evidence in this matter. Thus he may have
simply become convinced, on the basis of his grades at Crozer and Boston,
that his papers were sufficiently competent to withstand critical scrutiny.
Moreover, King's actions during his early adulthood indicate that he
increasingly saw himself as a preacher appropriating theological scholarship
rather than as an academic producing such scholarship. . . .
- Are you able to verify quotes and accept research requests?
Because we are on a publishing schedule, we are unable to do in-depth
research for outside requests without charging a fee. Depending on the
nature of the research request, we are able to verify quotes and accept
research requests that are not considered in-depth.