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“…Now is the time to make real the promises of democracyÂ…. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul forceÂ….We cannot walk alone.  And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. I have a dream todayÂ….”

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. National Archives photo (ID542045)


Dr. Martin Luther King,

January 15, 1929 - April
4, 1968

To commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
California State University is closed Monday, Jan. 21, 2008.

One of the most prominent buildings on our campus bears Dr.
KingÂ’s name, serving to remind us every day to work to advance his dream of
equality and justice.

To learn more about Dr. KingÂ’s life and legacy, we invite
you to visit these sites:

Martin Luther King, Jr. – America’s Story
(Library of
Congress site)

Martin Luther King, Jr. learning resources
Department of Education site)

Martin Luther King's Dream of Racial Equality
Department of State web site)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Today in History
of Congress site)

With Nobel Prize acceptance speech

We Shall Overcome/Lincoln Memorial (National Park
Service site)

Background on the “I Have a Dream” speech


Rev. Martin Luther King congratulated by Crown Prince
Harald, (left) and King Olav after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo,
Norway, as Mrs. King looks on. United Press International photograph, 1964 Dec
10. Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.


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