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    Music, Performers, and the Arts
  • The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    debuted in 1945 and is one of the youngest American orchestras to achieve prominence in the last quarter-century.
  • Morehouse College
    Dr. King graduated from Morehouse -- a historically black, private, liberal arts college for men. Morehouse's Glee Club will perform at this year's "A King Celebration Concert"
  • Spelman College
    The Glee Club of this top rated women's college will perform at this year's "A King Celebration Concert."
  • The National Black Arts Festival
    The Festival brings to the stage a full spectrum of artistic disciplines from dance, music and literature to film, drama and the visual arts.

    Educational & Research
  • The King Center
    The Center is a research, educational and training center dedicated to promoting Dr. King's work and his philosophy of nonviolence.
  • Mississippi State University
    This school maintains a historical archive of Dr. King's speeches and letters.
  • MLK Jr. Parade Foundation, Inc. The Foundation works to educate the nation to the economic, social and moral values of strength through diversity.
  • The National Park Service
    The NPS offers guided tours of the home where Dr. King grew up.


  • NPR Cultural Programming Senior Producer Ben Roe elaborates on the importance of music in celebrating the King holiday.


    The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of a Mind by John J. Ansboro
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch
  • King: A Biography by David L. Lewis
  • Voice of Deliverance: The Language of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Keith D. Miller
  • A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., James M. Washington, ed.

    Black Music in America

  • The Black Composer Speaks, by David Baker et al
  • America's Black Musical Heritage, by Tilford Brooks
  • We Shall Overcome, by Guy and Candance Dcarawan
  • Black Music In Our Culture and Bibliography of Black Music, by Dominique-Rene DeLerma
  • Black Women Composers: A Genisis, by Mildred Denby Green
  • The Music of Black Americans: A History, by Eileen Southern

    Children's Reading

  • Jazz, by Langston Hughes
  • Jazz: My Music, My People, by Morgan Monceaux
  • Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! by Eleanora E. Tate

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