This is a JavaScript menu. Please enable scripts in your browser. Skip to Main Content

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Biography

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the most popular and effective leader of the African American struggle for civil rights in the United States. His philosophy of nonviolent direct action galvanized thousands of Americans, both black and white, to press for granting the full measure of human and political rights to African Americans. Although he was not personally responsible for mobilizing protest, he was certainly one of the greatest organizers of people the world has ever seen. In the early twenty-first century, a national holiday is named in his honor, and numerous highways, streets, schools, playgrounds, and public buildings display his name. Continue . . .

Source: Moore, Leonard N. “King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929–1968).” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, 2nd ed., vol. 3, St. James Press, Detroit, MI, 2013, pp. 169–171. From Gale Virtual Reference database.


Martin Luther King, Jr quote
Martin Luther King, Jr quote
Martin Luther King, Jr quote
Martin Luther King, Jr quote
Martin Luther King, Jr quote
Martin Luther King, Jr quote

From Films On Demand database:

History & Literature Library Collection

Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. And the Making of a National Leader
King Me : Three One-Act Plays Inspired by the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice
Martin Luther King, Jr: A Life
Martin Luther King Jr. , Heroism, and African American Literature
DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr
The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age
Martin Luther King, Jr: A Biography
Ring Out Freedom!: the voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the making of the civil rights movement
The Word of the Lord Is upon Me
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Theology of Resistance
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nonviolent Strategies and Tactics for Social Change
The Drum Major Instinct: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Theory of Political Service
Reclaiming the Great World House: The Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.
To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. And Civil Rights Activism in the North
April 4 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America

This video was produced by Chaffey's Umoja Program and Advisory Committee giving a new perspective on Dr. King’s speech. “We Have a Dream” features 35 people from across the Chaffey community reciting the speech in its entirety.


Special thanks to EOPS for their collaborative efforts. To access the resources provided via the Chaffey College Library's databases, enter your MyChaffey Portal login information, when prompted.

left back arrow Back to Awareness & Celebration guides

Chaffey College • 5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737 - 3002 • 909/652-6000
 Powered by Springshare • LibApps LoginFeedbackBI SurveyLibrary Activities