Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday in January to celebrate the memory of the civil rights leader. The first national King Holiday was observed on January 20, 1986.
The Springfield, Mo. chapter of the NAACP will sponsor a march and celebration on Monday, Jan. 20. For more information visit http://naacpspringfieldmo.org/.
The 15th Annual Springfield Multicultural Festival sponsored by Unite of Soutwest Missouri begins at noon on Monday. Find more information on the festival at http://unitenewsonline.org
To read about Dr. King's life and work, the history of the holiday, and related activities and projects, go to these websites:
- The King Center
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
- Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
- Martin Luther King, Jr. The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
In the Library:
Here is a selection of books and audiovisual materials about Dr. King:
- The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream by Gary Younge
- Waking From The Dream: The Story of the Struggle For Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King Jr. by David Chappell.
- My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Christine King Farris, pictures by Chris Sonpiet (book, DVD)
- King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop by Harvard Sitkoff (book)
- A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination by Clay Risen (book)
- Roads to Memphis (DVD) by PBS
For additional books, e-books and audiovisual materials, search in the Library's catalog:
- To find materials about Dr. King, search by subject under King, Martin Luther, Jr.
- For materials by Dr. King, search by author under King, Martin Luther, Jr.
- To find materials about the history of the Civil Rights Movement, search under the subject Civil Rights Movement.
In the Library's databases:
- Discovering Collection* contains primary sources, multimedia resources and biographical information about Dr. King as well as the history of civil rights in the United States.
- Literature Resource Center* includes many types of information about Dr. King, including biography, literary overviews and criticism, primary sources and audio files.
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