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What do you really know about Martin Luther King Jr.?

This guide is meant to introduce you to new perspectives on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King and challenge you to adopt a critical lens when considering these perspectives. Explore the guide to learn more about MLK and the civil rights movement he inspired.

MLK in Different Disciplines

Scholars from specific fields are drawn to different questions about MLK.

What would MLK say?

Based on what you have learned about MLK, how would he respond to current race issues today? 

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About this Guide

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Purpose of the Guide

This guide is meant to introduce you to new perspectives on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King and challenge you to adopt a critical lens when considering these perspectives. Explore the guide to learn more about MLK.

Key Perspectives Covered

Questions to Consider

  • From what perspectives do people typically not discuss Martin Luther King?
  • What factors have influenced the dominant narrative of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement as it exists today?

 

Feminism, Women, and the Civil Rights Movement

Women's Voices in the Civil Rights Movement

Despite the fact that many notable Civil Rights Activists were women, such as Rosa Parks, women's perspective in the movement are often glossed over. Below are some resources that demonstrate how women and women's rights were central in the role in the the Civil Rights Movement but were often jeopardized throughout the movement. 

Explore More on Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Consider what key terms appear often in the above sources (i.e. SNCC, "black women," specific names, "sexual violence"). Use these terms to search the resources on the Gender and Sexuality Study Page.

LGBT Rights and MLK

King and Bayard Rustin

Martin Luther King Jr. worked closely with Bayard Rustin, who was openly gay. In fact, much of Rustin's philosophy on non-violence shaped the ideology that King is known for, and Rustin was influential in the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was pivital to the civil rights movement.

Afrocentric Interpretations of MLK

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