Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the University Libraries

January 10, 2023

This year University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with the theme “Finding Our Way Forward.” To coincide with this celebration, the University Libraries has gathered this list of books, films and other materials to help you learn about King’s impact and engage with his ideals.

E-books and Audiobooks

The Library’s Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. OverDrive collection contains dozens of books on topics related to King’s legacy. From King’s own Where Do We Go from Here to John Lewis’s co-authored graphic novel March, you can engage with the history and impact of King’s work and the movement he helped lead.


The Media & Design Center has created a list of films about King and his legacy, which can be accessed via streaming, DVD or VHS. (The center can also provide devices to play physical media). Films include Selma, Tony Brown’s essay on Martin Luther King Jr. and In Remembrance of Martin.

Selected Materials from the Wilson Special Collections Library

Collections in Wilson Library contain materials related to Martin Luther King Jr., including MLK buttons, a vintage church hand fan bearing King’s image, and recordings of King’s speeches.

There are also some materials that you can access online. For example, have you ever wondered how the University reacted to news about the assassination of King? What happened at Carolina’s first MLK celebration in 1982? Blog posts from the University Archives take a look back at these moments in University history.

Wilson Library also holds recordings featuring Dr. King. For example, you can hear him in a 1963 mass meeting along with Ralph Abernathy in this recording from the Guy and Candie Carawan Collection. King discusses the historical significance of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, the importance of perseverance and unity, and jailing of children and other participants in the civil rights movement, among other topics.

The Carawan Collection also includes a press conference from the same year featuring King, Abernathy and Fred Shuttlesworth. The three address questions about the details of negotiations between leaders of the civil rights movement and business leaders and public officials, as well as specific developments in the civil rights movement in the preceding weeks. (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.)