Libraries offer civil rights resources for Martin Luther King Jr.

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Part of a larger exhibit of civil rights-related books in honor of MLK Day

University Libraries invite you to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with related photographs, journals, books, and speeches. A physical book display is set up on the lobby level of the Mullins Library. Resources are also available in the Libraries’ Special Collections, Digital Collections, and Children’s Literature Collection. The selected materials provide insight into how the campus and region celebrated this holiday.

“It is very gratifying to see library staff working together to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” said Martha Anderson, Chair of the Library Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee. “We welcome future recommendations from the U of A campus on how we can serve you better. Below is a list of resources curated by library staff.”

The Mullins Library physical book exhibit, curated by Lynaire Hartsell, includes titles such as My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King, Through it All: Reflections on My Life, My Family and My Faith by Christine King Farris and Selma in Saigon: The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War by Daniel S. Lucks. All exhibited books are available for immediate payment.

Laura Cameron, Education Librarian, has created a research guide to Anti-Racism and Social Justice which includes lesson plans for K-12 teachers and relevant holdings from the children’s literature collection. Physical books from the collection are also on display in the southwest corner of the Mullins Library lobby level. The exhibit includes titles such as The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, a 2020 Newbery Honor Book, and the 2020 Caldecott Medal winner. It features the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement while highlighting the enduring spirit of people fighting inequality today.

The Digital Services Unit has selected a selection of photographs, speeches, and newspaper articles from the collections of Brooks Hays Materials, Commence and Go Forth–University of Arkansas Commencement Speeches, Land of (Unequal) Opportunity: Documenting the Civil Rights Struggle in Arkansas and The Traveler from Arkansas newspapers.

A research guide created by Special Collections highlights materials related to the 1957 Integration of Little Rock School. The Special Collections also contains a letter written by King on November 8, 1965 to Sen. J. William Fulbright regarding the Vietnam War. The Special Collections Division is open by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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