The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

Voice to the Voiceless

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection gallery features a rotating exhibition of items from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, where visitors can view the personal papers and items of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Currently on View

“Morehouse College and the Making of a Man”

This new collection celebrates Dr. King’s time as a student at Morehouse College. Witness how being a Morehouse Man and the relationships it cultivated stayed with him for the rest of his life. The timeliness of this exhibit comes at the 150th anniversary of Morehouse, as the college community celebrates its legacy, leaders and alumni.

About the Curatorial Team

  • Dr. Vicki Crawford, Ph.D, Director, The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection
  • Roderick Diamond II, Morehouse Class of 2019.
  • Andrea Jackson, Head, Archives Research Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
  • David Salk Mandel, Director, Exhibits and Design, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
  • Nicole A. Moore, Manager of Interpretation and School Programs, The National Center of Civil and Human Rights, Inc.

Additional Resources

THIS EXHIBIT INCLUDES

Visit the exhibit located on The Center’s first floor to learn more about the content in these cases. This is just a small sample of what you will find in “Morehouse College and the Making of a Man” collection.

Official Morehouse College Transcript of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Released in 1950, the official undergraduate transcript of Dr. King lists his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Minor in English
  • Also noted is the recognition of Dr. King’s two second place prizes in the John L. Webb Oratorical Prize in 1946 and 1948
A look into the relationship between Dr. King and Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, President of Morehouse College
  • The longest serving President of the college (1940 – 1967), Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, served as a mentor and intellectual father figure to Dr. King from the time he enrolled as a student at Morehouse in 1944 until the time of King’s death in 1968
  • Their relationship was so special, that should Mays die, King would deliver his eulogy and should King die, Mays would deliver King’s Eulogy
  • On April 9, 1968, Dr. Mays fulfilled his promise and delivered the final eulogy of Dr. King at Morehouse College
Dr. King as a professor
  • During the academic year of 1961-1962, Martin Luther King, Jr. returned to Morehouse as a professor, teaching a seminar on social philosophy
  • Among his pupils were Amos Brown, Mary Worthy, and Julian Bond
  • Artifacts on display include the course catalogue, an outline of a lecture, and the first semester final exam given on January 25, 1962
Morehouse College’s Centennial Celebration, 1967
  • Artifacts from the 1967 Centennial Celebration of Morehouse
  • Includes an invitation to the Centennial Convocation, the program for centennial events, and Dr. Mays’s correspondence with members of the Board of Trustees for the events
Letters from Howard Thurman
  • Noted theologian and fellow Morehouse Man, Howard Thurman is among the lasting relationships King developed from his days at Morehouse College
  • These correspondences include one where Thurman congratulates King for his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize

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