Voice to the Voiceless

The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

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.

FRAGMENTS

The Voice to the Voiceless gallery, which exhibits the Morehouse College Martin Luther Jr. Collection, has a new, permanent installation, Fragments, a metal structure featuring engravings in King’s handwriting illuminated by light. The art piece, designed by Paula Scher and Abbot Miller, captures King’s ideas as they developed on paper, providing an intimate view of the leader’s thought process.

January 19, 2019 – May 15, 2019

The Meaning of Hope: The Best of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

This rotation commemorates what would have been Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday by celebrating some of his most well-known works. On display will be prized selections from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, including King’s notes on Normalcy- Never Again, the speech that would become famously known as I Have a Dream, as well as outlines of The Drum Major Instinct, and drafts of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech and Beyond Vietnam. Preliminary versions of his works provide insight into the mind of King as he observed the social and political climate of his time and crafted some of the world’s most iconic speeches and sermons. King’s pen alternates from frenetic to thoughtful and pensive, inviting viewers to imagine the corresponding urgency or thoughtfulness of a moment- King’s fears and his hopes. Personal items on view include correspondence with leaders such as Thurgood Marshall and President John F. Kennedy, as well as King’s college transcripts and selections from his doctoral dissertation.

About the Curatorial Team

  • Dr. Vicki Crawford, Ph.D, Director, The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection
  • Lauren Tate Baeza, Head of Content, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
  • Nicole A. Moore, Manager of Education and Museum Content, The National Center of Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
  • Sarah Tanner, Head, Archives Research Center, Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library

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THIS EXHIBIT INCLUDES

Visit the exhibit located on The Center’s first floor to learn more about the content in these cases. 

"Normalcy- Never Again" to "I Have a Dream"

King’s notes on Normalcy- Never Again, the speech that would become famously known as I Have a Dream

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech Drafts

Drafts of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech

Personal Items from His Post-Graduate Tenure

King’s college transcripts and selections from his doctoral dissertation

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