Martin Luther King Jr.

People holding hands in front of Lincoln Memorial (© Ira Schwartz/AP Images)

Do you know these three female civil rights heroes?

Meet three women whose dedication and skill put them on the front lines of the fight for civil rights for African Americans.
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.
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy [video]

People across the world still strive to realize Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality for all. Learn more about King's lasting impact.
Illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. above street sign bearing his name (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Where streets have one name: Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn what inspired dozens of countries to name thousands of streets after Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy is honored every January in the U.S.
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.