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.


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.

Winter 2020

We Share The Dream: King’s Beloved Community

The driving force behind each of King’s campaigns was his vision for the world—to triumph over oppression and unite humankind as one family. He referred to this communal ideal by many names, most notably the Large House, the World House, and the Beloved Community. We Share the Dream: King’s Beloved Community examines the philosophical and theological framework behind this ideal. His philosophy of interracial brotherhood echoes in early sermons and becomes more comprehensive overtime. King described racism as one aspect of a system of oppression that exploits many groups in different ways. His opposition to poverty, war, apartheid, and colonialism reflected a shift from individual rights to a call for a global freedom movement, an international revolution of values.His call was a beacon to all oppressed groups. In the immediate aftermath of the successful passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, other constituencies raised their banners. The American Civil Rights Movement charged the federal government with negligence in civil rights matters, which had been left to poor execution by states, and built coalitions of grassroots organizations to stage mass protests and make demands. These methods were employed by the women’s, LGBTQ, and farm labor movements of the 1960s and 70s. They continue to guide modern social movements that lead to groundbreaking legislation, each moving us closer to the Beloved Community.

About the Curatorial Team

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

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

Memo from King to Cesar Chavez in solidarity with farmworkers protests
Handwritten draft of Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

1964 December Draft of King’s Nobel Lecture

Typed manuscript with annotations

1964 December

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