Saturday, January 19, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr.

He has become a national and heroic symbol of the civil rights movement in the United States. He used nonviolent strategies to advance his cause for social justice and equality. He served as a minister and also earned the Nobel Peace prize in 1964. On January 21, we will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and his laudable achievements for social equality among people of all color. To learn more about this historical leader, check out the Biographical Resource Center:

1. Go to the SFPL Home Page and select “Articles & Databases.” You will need a San Francisco Public Library card to access the databases from outside the Library.

2. Under the Categories side bar on the left, select “People” then “Biography Resource Center+Marquis Whos Who (Gale).”

3. In the “Search by Name” box, enter “Martin Luther King.”

4. Select the link for “King, Martin Luther, Jr. (American civil rights activist, 1929-1968).”

Below is a citation and excerpt from one of the many links:

"Martin Luther King, Jr.," in American Decades. Gale Research, 1998.

“In the years since his assassination on 4 April 1968, as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Luther King Jr. has evolved from a prominent civil rights leader into the symbol for the civil rights movement in the United States. He is studied by schoolchildren of all backgrounds; his words are quoted by the powerless and the powerful, by anyone who has a dream to make her or his life better, to better the nation, or the world.”

The Biography Resource Center contains biographical profiles of prominent historical and contemporary figures worldwide. You can search an individual’s nationality, ethnicity, occupation, and birth/death years as well as browse through topical categories. Articles are drawn from general and specialized biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, magazines, and selected Web sites.

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