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article imageMartin Luther King papers now available online

By Amanda Payne     Jan 16, 2012 in World
His name has gone down in history as one of the great American heroes. Now everyone will be able to read online the one million documents that have been collected relating to and written by the Rev.Martin Luther King Jr.
According to a report in USA Today, the project was organised by his son, Martin Luther King III in conjunction with JP Morgan Chase who financed the imaging of the documents which include the acceptance speech that King wrote by hand when he received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, notes on how to end the famous 'I Have a Dream' speech and hand written copies of sermons delivered by King.
Around 200,000 of the papers go live on Jan 16 and can be viewed at The King Center Archive .The website says:
These pages will present a more dynamic view than is often seen of Dr. King’s life and times. The documents reveal the scholar, the father, and the pastor. Through these papers we see the United States of America at one of its most vulnerable, most honest and perhaps most human moments in history. There are letters bearing the official marks of royalty and the equally regal compositions of children. You will see speeches, telegrams, scribbled notes, patient admonitions and urgent pleas.
New material is being added to the archive all the time as imaging and archival experts work side by side with students, US Veterans and others to bring the work of the great man to the public. The documents are all housed in the King Center Archive but with this project, they are becoming available to a worldwide audience. The plan is that eventually all one million documents will be available on the site.
CNN reports on the National Day Of Remembrance for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr on Monday Jan 16 with President Barack Obama being present at two events. King would have been 83 this year. He was assassinated in April 1968. Events will take place across the USA today to remember one of its iconic heroes.
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