Saturday, January 13, 2007 Offers Interactive ‘MLK: Words that Changed a Nation’

CNN Pressroom - Special Section Examines Five Eras of King’s Life through Exclusive Access to Civil Rights Leader’s Papers

Handwritten sermons from the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Pencil edits of statements from a Birmingham, Ala., jail. A worn scrap of paper found the day he died. Through exclusive access to the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, has created a special section that delves into a personal side of the civil rights leader few have seen.

Launched in conjunction with the five-part series “MLK: Words that Changed a Nation” airing this week during CNN’s American Morning, the online report illustrates five parts of King’s adult life – his role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott; the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; his receipt of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and the 1965 march in Selma, Ala., for voting rights; and his assassination in 1968.

The online “MLK: Words that Changed a Nation” is located at

The King family and Morehouse College’s Woodruff Library granted CNN exclusive access to rare documents, books, notes, sermons and other writings that represent the foundation of King’s life’s work as a preacher and human rights activist. From King’s private library, CNN reveals his personal philosophy and theology – and his doubts and fears – as he and those around him created a peaceful revolution that forever altered a nation.

The Web site provides a close-up look at some of King’s documents, photo galleries and timelines of King and the civil rights movement and the history of how Morehouse College obtained the collection. Video available on the site include segments that have aired on CNN/U.S., an exclusive interview of former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young recalling King’s final moments and an account of civil rights workers describing how they smuggled paper to King to write his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” has also produced an “All Access: Backstage Pass” video podcast showing behind-the-scenes footage of anchor Soledad O’Brien traveling to Morehouse in Atlanta to review some of the King documents and to interview some of his colleagues. CNN’s podcasts are available at, as well as at iTunes. is also soliciting I-Reports – content submitted from viewers from their cell phones, cameras and other devices – to encourage users to describe how King’s words and actions influenced them. Such reports can be sent to at

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