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Learning More About Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 'Net
by Robin Nobles
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil
rights leader in the 50's and 60's who did much to raise the consciousness
of equality between the races. He met with President Kennedy in
1962, with Pope Paul VI in 1964, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in
On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee,
and James Earl Ray was later convicted of the crime.
The United States celebrates the birth of this great leader with
a national holiday on the third Monday in January.
The Seattle Times has an excellent site commemorating Dr.
King and his amazing life. You'll find a time line for Dr. King,
a time line for civil rights in general, a photo gallery, and even
information that teachers can use in classrooms. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/mlk/
Stanford University has a research project devoted to Dr. King
and his work. At the site, you can tour an interactive chronology
of the life of Dr. King, or you can listen to audio clips of some
of his speeches. Read his sermons, his speeches, or his biography.
How about an interactive scavenger hunt to learn more about Dr.
King? The MLKing Scavenger Hunt is ideal for classroom activities
or to help your children learn more about the civil rights leader.
LIFE Magazine offers a site called, "Martin Luther King, Jr.,
a LIFE Tribute," where you can view images and cover photos
of King that were published in LIFE magazine. http://www.lifemag.com/Life/mlk/mlk.html
A couple of communities in North Carolina have created an impressive
site about Dr. King. You can view a listing of nationwide or even
worldwide events in observation of the holiday, or read a history
of why America honors Dr. King. http://www.king-raleigh.org/splash.htm
What is the background of James Earl Ray, the man who was convicted
of murdering Dr. King? He pleaded guilty of the murder, but later
claimed his innocence. Ray died in prison, after having served close
to 30 years. In 1997, King's son met with Ray and publicly supported
a new trial, but Ray died before the case could be reopened. At
Who2, you can learn more about Ray, including links to other sites.
Finally, visit the Martin Luther King Assassination site, sponsored
by the Real History Archives. Read an overview of the assassination,
an article on why Dr. King's son thought there should be a retrial,
and a transcript of a 1998 ABC News broadcast titled, "Who
Shot Martin Luther King, Jr.?" http://www.webcom.com/~lpease/collections/assassinations/mlk.htm
This article was written by Robin Nobles, a professional
freelance writer and the Director of Training of the Academy of
Web Specialists, where she has trained several thousand people in
her online courses in search engine marketing strategies. http://www.academywebspecialists.com/more_info.
She also teaches onsite search engine marketing workshops with John
Alexander (http://www.beyond-seo.com/workshop.htm), and she has
written three books that can be ordered through Amazon. Or, visit
Robin's personal Web site at http://www.robinsnest.com.
Copyright © 2002 Robin Nobles. All rights reserved. If
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