Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Jan. 12-19, 2014
MLK Week

The DC Public Library honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of programs that help us reflect, engage and serve.



  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m., A Conversation on D.C. Statehood with Anise Jenkins and Johnny Barnes, Anacostia Library
  • Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m., Collective Voices 18th Annual Literary Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring many special guests, including Washington, DC Poet Laureate, Delores Kendrick and the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10:45 a.m., Martin Luther King's Birthday Celebration, Takoma Park Library
  • King Week Project: Let's Promote Peace Mural: Families with children ages 4-12 can stop by any neighborhood library from Jan. 12-18 to participate in the King Week Project. Children can personalize a paper peace symbol and sign a peace pledge to be displayed as a "Let's Promote Peace" mural in the children’s room. After the mural is displayed in your neighborhood library, it will be sent to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to become part of a larger peace display for Black History Month! Read more.
  • Dream Big Like Me Video Contest: Teens are encouraged to submit a video of their original work that shows how they will continue Dr. King’s dream of equality for all. The original work can be a song, rap, poem, skit/dramatization, or speech. Video submissions will be accepted Jan. 19-Feb. 15, 2014. Learn more.

View all programs.

Did You Know?

Your Library has a wealth of online resources that can help enrich your understanding of Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and even your own personal history. It all can be found in our Databases

Historic Black Newspapers You can search your family and local history through Heritage Quest. Find in Genealogy
You can read articles from four Historic Black Newspapers:
  • Atlanta Daily World
  • The Baltimore Afro-American
  • Chicago Defender
  • New York Amsterdam News

Information dates back to the late 1800s.

Find in Magazines and Newspapers
Oxford African American Studies Center The African American Studies Center contains over 5,000 biographies, more than 7,500 articles, and hundreds of maps, documents, images, timelines, websites and charts and tables of African-American life, history and culture. Find in Biography
Legal Forms Online provides access to standard legal forms drafted by attorneys for the District of Columbia. Subject areas include bankruptcy, bill of sale, contracts, divorce, employment, landlord tenant, living wills, name change, power of attorney, real estate, taxes, and last will and testament. Find in Law
Apollo Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more. Find in Black Studies Online Research
Database The African American Experience contains 500 full-text reference and scholarly articles and over 4,000 slave narratives. Includes primary documents, maps and images, lesson plans, searchable timelines and Web links. Find in Black Studies Online Research


In King's Own Words (Video)

Browse the King Center digital archives for full text of King speeches, sermons and more. 
"I Have a Dream" -- Aug. 28, 1963

How Long? Not Long" -- March 25, 1965


"We Shall Overcome" -- March 31, 1968


"I've Been to the Mountaintop" -- April 3, 1968


Good Reads

The Fire Next Tme MLK Autobiography The March on Washington The King Years Martin's Dream Gospel of Freedom
The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Dr. martin Luther King Jr.
The March on Washington: Jobs and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights
by Will Jones
The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement
by Taylor Branch
Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Leagacy of Martin Luther King Jr: A Memoir
by Clayborne Carson
Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation
by Jonathan Rieder
Across That Bridge I Must Resist Malcolm X I Have a Dream Speeches All Labor Has Dignity MLK Essential Boxed Set
Across That Bridge
by John Lewis
I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters
by Bayard Rustin
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
by Manning Marable
I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches
by Martin Luther King Jr. 
All Labor Has Dignity
by Martin Luther King Jr. 
Martin Luther King Jr.: The Essential Boxed Set
by Martin Luther King Jr. 

Good Movies

A Class Apart Citizen King Ghosts of Mississippi Malcolm X Boycott History Makers
A Class Apart Citizen King Ghosts of Mississippi Malcolm X Boycott The History Makers

Kid's Picks


My daddy Martin and Mahalia I Have a Dream
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
by Martin Luther King, III
Martin and Mahalia:
His Words, Her Song

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
I Have a Dream
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Paintings by Kadir Nelson
MLK and the March on Washington Marching to the Mountaintop  
Martin Luther King Jr.
and the March on Washington

by Gary Jeffrey
Marching to the
Mountaintop: How
Poverty, Labor Fights
and Civil Rights Set the
Stage for Martin Luther
King Jr.'s Final Hours

by Ann Bausum


Selma Lord Selma March On!
Selma, Lord, Selma
Disney DVD
March On! The
Day My Brother
Martin Changed the
World...And More
Stories About African
American History

Scholastic Storybook

Online Resources

Child of the Civil Rights Movement MLK, Great Civil Rights Leader
Child of the Civil
Rights Movement

by Paula Young Shelton
Martin Luther King Jr.:
Great Civil Rights Leader

by Jennifer Fandel



TrueFlix FreedomFlix
Video storybooks paired with factual eBooks for preschoolers, kindergartners and beginning readers.
Experience facts about subjects in history, science and geography. Ages 9-11.
Explore American History through videos, online books and quizzes. Ages 9 and older.

Teen Picks


Journey of a King We Troubled the Waters To the Mountaintop March
M.L.K.: Journey of a King
by Tonya Bolden
We Troubled the Waters
by Ntozake Shange
To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement
by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
March: Book One
by John Lewis
The Silence of Our Friends I See the Promised Land Still I Rise  
The Silence of Our Friends
by Mark Long
I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Arthur Flowers
Still I Rise
by Roland Laird