Martin Luther King Jr. Collection

King Collection Programs

Reading, Writing and Remembering King

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Essay Contest provides an opportunity for improvement in reading, writing and critical thinking skills while promoting a greater understanding and appreciation for the teachings of Dr. King. The essay contest provides a context for engaging students in intensive writing workshops and introducing them to the Morehouse King Collection. Designed for college and high school students, the essay contest requirements include a three-five page paper related to one of Dr. King's writings. A panel of judges comprised of Morehouse College faculty evaluates the essays based upon content, originality, and grammar. Winners are honored in the spring at the annual MLK Collection Awards and Recognition Program.

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

The series invites nationally and internationally recognized scholars, researchers and activists to the college for a campus-wide lecture and dialogue. The public event is designed to promote research and scholarship on the continuing legacy of King and his philosophy of nonviolent social change.

Morehouse King Collection Oral History Initiative

The initiative provides complementary historical documentation of King and the twentieth century freedom struggle through the collection of in-depth interviews with many of King's colleagues and close associates. Interviews have been conducted with two of King's Morehouse classmates, Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook, C'48 and Dr. CharlesVert Willie, C'48 as well as his sister, Mrs. Christine King Farris. The Morehouse King Collection Oral History Initiative also supports the Morehouse College 150th Anniversary Documentation Project.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Scholarship Award

The student scholarship award recognizes a student in his junior or senior year who demonstrates academic excellence and outstanding leadership in global initiatives for social change.

Research, Scholarship and Teaching with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

This ongoing effort to promotes the study of Dr. King and the struggle for civil and human rights. Researchers and scholars have open access to the Collection and are invited to present their work to the college community and in various settings as well as encouraged to seek publication of their findings. Morehouse faculty and others, within the United States and abroad, utilize the Collection in teaching and research. The Collection's archivists provide a rich resource, not only in its conservation and preservation, but as knowledgeable guides to accessing items within the Collection.

Community Outreach

Collaboration with the Atlanta Public Schools is ongoing and includes efforts to implement curriculum initiatives integrating material on King and civil and human rights into classroom teaching. Regular workshops, campus visits and presentations to public middle and high school students and teachers reflect outreach efforts on behalf of the Collection office.

Global Impact

The Worldhouse program connects Morehouse with the global community in engaging in dialogue addressing human rights and social justice. Each year, during April, the month of King's assassination, the college honors King's life and work through a program based upon themes in King's fourth book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community." A chapter from the book titled "The World House" calls for the need to transcend tribe, race, class, nation, and religion in the quest for world peace and to resist injustice through methods of nonviolence. WorldHouse at Morehouse utilizes innovative technologies such as WebX and other messenger software to connect people from diverse backgrounds in addressing these and other issues of our times.

Month of King

The annual King Holiday Observance is a series of January events honoring King's legacy, celebrating his birthday as a national holiday and promoting his teachings and principles of nonviolence and human rights. It serves as an opportunity for campus-wide community service initiatives and programs in partnership with the Morehouse Bonner Office of Community Affairs, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Division of Student Affairs and the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. "A King Celebration" Concert with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is an annual public event and musical tribute held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. The concert features the orchestra and special guest artists, along with the world-renown Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs. "A King Celebration" is sponsored by Morehouse along with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and other community sponsors. The commemorative program airs annually on National Public Radio.