April 8th, 2014
Student Finds Martin Luther King Letter in Library Archives
From 14 News:

An interesting and rare historical find For a student at the University of Southern Indiana. During an archival research class, the student found a letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
The note was written in 1963 to a donor, thanking them for their contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. King founded the civil rights organization.
The student immediately recognized both the header and signature on the letter. 
"At first we’re like ‘Yeah Right.’ He’s like ‘No really, I think I found it,’" said USI Archive Librarian Jennifer Greene. "So, I rushed over there and looked at it, and I was like ‘Yeah, I think you did.’" 
Jennifer Greene teaches the archiving course. She says among the thousands of documents they come across, gems like this are one in a million.

Student Finds Martin Luther King Letter in Library Archives

From 14 News:

An interesting and rare historical find For a student at the University of Southern Indiana. During an archival research class, the student found a letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The note was written in 1963 to a donor, thanking them for their contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. King founded the civil rights organization.

The student immediately recognized both the header and signature on the letter. 

"At first we’re like ‘Yeah Right.’ He’s like ‘No really, I think I found it,’" said USI Archive Librarian Jennifer Greene. "So, I rushed over there and looked at it, and I was like ‘Yeah, I think you did.’" 

Jennifer Greene teaches the archiving course. She says among the thousands of documents they come across, gems like this are one in a million.

February 4th, 2013

"I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free. "

Rosa Parks: February 4th, 1913 - October 24th, 2005. 

The Chicago Public Library has a large selection of Rosa Parks books. Click here to see the list. 

January 16th, 2012

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all 79 Chicago Public Library locations are closed today. We will re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

In the meantime, we recommend browsing CPL’s vast digital media catalog — including these 21 downloadable selections about Dr. King!

To celebrate Dr. King’s legacy (whose birthday was actually yesterday), enjoy CPL’s exclusive portrait of MLK ‘by the numbers.’

5 :: Martin’s age when his family discovered that his name had been recorded wrong on his birth certificate. In 1934, “Michael King” legally became Martin Luther King, Jr.

10 :: The age at which Martin sang with his church choir in Atlanta at the gala premiere of the movie Gone With The Wind.

9th and 12th :: The grades King skipped in high school.

15 :: The age at which he began studying at Moorehouse College.

:: Number of Bachelor degrees — sociology and theology — held by King. In 1952, he was initiated into the Boston Metro chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (pictured pledging below; front row, far right). In 1955, he received his PH. D. from Boston University.

6 million+ :: Miles Dr. King traveled from 1957 until his death in 1968.

2,500+ :: Speeches given by Dr. King throughout those many travels.

5 :: The number of books authored by Dr. King. A prolific writer, he also published countless articles in newspapers and magazines.

35 :: The age at which Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize. The honor (1964) made him the youngest person to ever receive the award. Read the transcript of his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

2nd :: “Most Admired Person of the 20th Century.” According to a Gallup poll published in December 1999, MLK finished behind Mother Theresa. Check out the other honorees in the complete Gallup results.

3rd :: “Greatest American of All Time.” In a 2005 contest sponsored by AOL and the Discovery Channel, millions voted only Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln ahead of Dr. King. View the contest’s top 25.

730+ :: US cities, including Chicago, that presently have streets named after King. Our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive was originally named Grand Blvd. and later Parkway Blvd. until his assasination in 1968. Read a brief but detailed Chicago Tribune account of MLK’s 1966 march in Marquette Park, which was marred by violence and hate towards King.

10 :: The number of 20th century world martyrs who have statues at Westminster Abbey. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of them.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from all of us at Chicago Public Library!

January 17th, 2011

“I Have A Dream” speech // Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’"

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all Chicago Public Library branches will be closed. We will reopen tomorrow Tuesday, January 18.

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