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How to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Updated on January 17, 2014
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most celebrated civil rights leader in American history, led courageous non-violent acts of civil disobedience in the South to help overturn the appalling system of segregation and racial discrimination which had undermined the 1776 claim made in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."

Dr. King was a great American hero, a champion of human rights who won the Nobel Peace Prize and inspired people worldwide to pursue freedom, peace and justice by non-violent means. Here are some ways to honor his life, his dream, and his vision.

Watch Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

YouTube had a number of recordings of Dr. King’s televised speech given on August 28, 1963 as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The complete version has been taken down because of copyright claims.View the one on the first link in the Resources section, or search the web for other videos of his speech.

Review Dr. King’s Most Famous Speeches

Read excerpts from some of Dr. King's most celebrated speeches at the second link in the Resources section. Read at least two or three to fully appreciate his vision of freedom, democracy, equality of opportunity, global peace and social justice.

Read the Nobel Prize Biography of Dr. King

In addition to his biography at, you can access his Nobel Lecture and his Acceptance Speech. Also read the Nobel Peace Prize Presentation Speech by the Chairman of the Nobel Committee, Gunnar Jahn, who noted of Dr. King: "He is the first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence." The site also contains Other Resources as well as Frequently Asked Questions about Dr. King.

View a YouTube Tribute to Dr. King

View the YouTube tribute to Dr. King by Robin Seecharan. It's great history in only 10 minutes or so.

Visit the King Institute Home

This online site hosted at Stanford University is formally called "The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute." It has a vast array of resources on the life, works, and causes of Dr. King.

Participate in the King Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day

Since 1994 Americans have been urged to make the King Holiday a day of service to celebrate Dr. King's legacy in a practical and inspiring way. Go to to learn more about this Day of Service.


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    • Carlon Michelle profile image

      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      Mr. King had a most interesting and fulfilling life in pursuit of justice. Your article was written with much respect. Smile!

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like the fact that you have packed so many resources into this hub. Thanks

    • sallykwitt profile image

      sallykwitt 6 years ago

      Excellent topic and good job on the Hub.