Martin Luther King Jr.

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.
Singers performing in front of Lincoln Memorial (Courtesy of Maccabeats)

Vocal groups unite for King Day [video]

Both bands are all-male, sing without any musical instruments and have followers around the world. One group is Jewish and the other African American.
Band marching in parade (© Getty Images/Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Marching to the beat of Martin Luther King [video]

For the young members of the Ballou High School marching band in Washington, the parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has special meaning.
Mural with Martin Luther King Jr. speaking (© Camilo Vergara)

The many faces of King in America’s cities

Chilean-American photographer Camilo Vergara records murals of Martin Luther King Jr. done by amateurs on walls of groceries, churches and old buildings.