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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. @ Your LibraryDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
On Monday, January 20, the nation commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the historic civil rights leader who electrified the world with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and his vision of racial harmony and equality for everyone. From January 14 through the end of the month, Broward County Libraries will host programs for all ages in celebration of King. From inspirational children’s story and craft programs to film screenings and a workshop on financial freedom, the library will mark the legacy of this great American.
 
A Day of Celebration, A Day of Service 
 
Corporation for National & Community ServiceA federal holiday marking King’s birthday, scheduled on the third Monday in January, was first celebrated in 1986. In 1994, Congress designated it as a national day of service: “A day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service, part of United We Serve, the President of the United States’ national call-to-service initiative, encourages Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

King’s childhood home in Atlanta, Georgia.
King’s childhood home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Everyone can get involved on MLK Service Day. If you’re interested in libraries, literacy and promoting the love of books and reading, Broward County Library has wonderful volunteer opportunities for everyone from students to seniors. Teach someone to read, provide computer instruction, volunteer as a library docent, tutor a child, join the Friends of the Library – there are dozens of ways to give back to your community by volunteering with Broward County Library. For ideas on general projects in your area, visit United We Serve and enter your zip code to get connected with local volunteer opportunities.
 
Broward County Library: Special Events in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. (All events are free and open to the public.)

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery; King was pastor from 1954-1960, and began his quest for civil rights..
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery; King was pastor from 1954-1960, and began his quest for civil rights here.
NOTE: All Broward County Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2013 in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Black History Month Essay Contest and Art Competition at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center’s Youth Services Section will sponsor Black History Month Essay Contest and Art Competition for children and teens. The contest runs until January 31, 2014 and is open to Broward County students. For more information and contest details, visit the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center or call Aneatra King at 954-357-6209.
 
Exploring the Past – Online Resources from BCL 
 
Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders with free online resources from Broward County Library. Explore the African American Experience, a comprehensive database of historical and contemporary African-American biographies and culture. The site includes online reference books, primary documents such as photos and images, manuscripts and letters. Access Biography in Context for information on more than 22,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. All online resources are free to use with a Broward County Library card.

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Titles in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Available @ Broward County Libraries

Ain't Scared of Your Jail: Arrest, Imprisonment and the Civil Rights Movement, by Zoe A. Colley
Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King, by Edythe Scott Bagley
Dreams and Nightmares: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Struggle for Black Equality in America, by Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson
Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation, by Jonathan Rieder
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, by Andrea Davis Pinkney
"In a Single Garment of Destiny:” A Global Vision of Justice, by Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.
Inspiring African-American Civil Rights Leaders, by Stephen Feinstein
Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Business and Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by Rodney Sampson
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song, by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Martin Luther King Jr., By Dona Rice (eBook)
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A King Family Tribute, by Angela Farris Watkins
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King
Streets of Fire, by Thomas H. Cook
The Cart that Carried Martin, by Eve Bunting
This is the Day: The March on Washington, by Leonard Freed
Thou Dear God: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What Was the March on Washington?, By Kathleen Krull
Words of Protest, Words of Freedom: Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement and Era: An Anthology