Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. waving to large crowd (Francis Miller/Life Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Get a free poster for Black History Month

The hope Martin Luther King Jr. shared in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 still rings true. This poster honors his commitment to equality.
Martin Luther King Jr. placing religious hood on Wyatt Tee Walker (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

Remembering a top aide of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wyatt Tee Walker, who died January 23, 2018, helped Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" get to a national audience.
Volunteers handling canned food (Corporation for National and Community Service)

Americans turn to service to honor Martin Luther King [video]

In 1994, the U.S. holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was redesignated as a national day of service. What does that mean? Watch this video!
Girl speaking at lectern in front of large group of people at the Lincoln Memorial (State Dept.)

Students embrace the words of Martin Luther King Jr. [video]

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 15, fifth-graders from a Washington school recite King's most famous speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
Elbert Ransom Jr. smiling (State Dept./D. A. Peterson)

Elbert Ransom reminisces about King

Elbert Ransom has advocated for civil rights since he was 17, the age at which he met a 24-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama.
Woman sitting at table with people sitting behind her (© Griff Davis)

Griff Davis: A life in photography and diplomacy

Griff Davis was a photographer, journalist and diplomat when both African countries and African Americans were struggling toward greater freedom.
Police photos of Joan Mulholland (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland: Civil rights hero

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a white teenage girl with a conservative Virginia upbringing, became an unlikely civil rights hero in the Jim Crow era.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial viewed through trees (© AP Images)

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. His legacy still inspires millions.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue (State Dept.)

Martin Luther King Jr.: Global beacon for human rights

Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact on history has been felt well beyond the United States. Learn why the civil rights leader is honored around the world.