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915 South Jackson Street • Montgomery, Alabama 36101 • (334) 604-9093
"A day on, NOT a day off"
WHEN: January 16, 2023
WHY: It is a federal holiday honoring a modern civil rights fighter. Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. 15 years after the death of Dr. King, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution making the third Monday of January a federal holiday which President Ronald Reagan signed into law. Its celebration has taken place each year since 1986.
Photo source: acurator.com
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Montgomery, AL
Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. He played a leadership role in the 1955-1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Read more about the man and his struggles during the Bus Boycott: http://www.sparknotes.com/biography/mlk/section3.rhtml.
Below is a photo of the King family home in Montgomery, Alabama at 309 South Jackson Street. (Close to ASU!!)
E-resources that provide infomation about Martin Luther King include the following:
Black Studies Center This link opens in a new window
Central location for resources useful for Black studies' instruction and research: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals, and The Chicago Defender (1935-1975).
Ethnic NewsWatch This link opens in a new window
Ethnic NewsWatch is available as two resources, Ethnic NewsWatch™, which is a current collection, and Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, which is an historical collection.
Ethnic NewsWatch™, the current file, covers 1990 to present and includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. The publications offer both national and regional coverage. Ethnic NewsWatch™ is the only current database devoted to presenting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural publications in one resource. Coverage begins in 1990 and is updated daily with new content. Many of the titles are not found in any other aggregated resource.
Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, the historical file covering the years 1959-1989, offers a rare collection of over 30 full-text titles, focusing on African American, Hispanic American, and Native American presses from 1959-1989. Unique perspectives are presented on the most important issues concerning ethnicities and minorities in the U.S. and Canada during the pivotal years of the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute This link opens in a new window
Information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and the movements that were/are inspired by him.
Books & E-Books
Here are some books and e-books accessible to ASU patrons that discuss Dr. Martin Luther King and his life.