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Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968): MLK and Arizona State University

This guide has been created in order to assist students and faculty of Arizona State University in the identification of materials (books, dissertations, government documents, video recordings) available from the ASU Library in print or electronic format.

2013 Discovery of Speech

Tang, Terry. Tape of Martin Luther King Jr. Ariz. Speech Found. AP News. Jan. 31, 2014.
Discusses Phoenix resident Mary Scanlon's discovery of a reel-to-reel tape labeled with Martin Luther King's name, her contact with ASU Library's University Archivist Rob Spindler, and Scanlon's decision to donate the tape to the ASU Library.

Dr. King's 1964 Tempe Speech

Items within this box are provided as open access by the ASU Library's Repository Services.


King, Martin Luther, Jr. Religious Witness for Human Dignity.
King's speech at Arizona State University's Goodwin Stadium. The recording includes a brief talk with Arizona NAACP supporters at the Tanner Chapel AME Church in Phoenix earlier the same day. Comprised of an audio file (76:34 min.) and a transcription of the speech (14 pages).


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Martin Luther King, Jr. at Arizona State University
Photograph includes Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy and G. Homer Durham (Eleventh President, Arizona State University, 1960-1969).


President Durham Correspondence Regarding Martin Luther King, Jr. at Arizona State University
Selected correspondence from President G. Homer Durham's papers regarding planning for and reaction to Dr. King's visit to ASU...


Broadcast [Ragsdale Mortuary (Phoenix, Arizona)]. (37:04 mins.)
Includes a recording of Martin Luther King's “Funtown USA” speech.


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Lincoln Ragsdale with Martin Luther King, Jr. at Arizona State University. 1964.


Spindler, Robert P. Lincoln Ragsdale's Emancipation Proclamation Radio Shows. Presented at Speaking the Unspeakable: A Conversation on Colorblindness, Racism, and Antiracism, a conference at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Feb. 18, 2017.
This presentation is from the former University Archivist for Arizona State University's ASU Library.

Alma Bazel Androzzo (1912-2001)

Phoenix Woman's Gospel Song Inspired Martin Luther King Jr. 27 min. video recording. Arizona Horizon. Feb. 26, 2020.
Host Ted Simons interviews Professor Keith Miller.


Greguska, Emma. ASU Online Master's Degree Graduate Finds New Passion. Apr. 29, 2020. ASU News.

Rare Books and Manuscripts

Items within this box are housed at the Hayden Library on the Tempe campus.


Elling, Karla, printer. Martin Luther King, Jr., Living the Dream--Let Freedom Ring in Arizona .... Paradise Valley, AZ: Mummy Mountain Press, 1992. 1 sheet.
Hayden Library Rare Books and Manuscripts SPEC DWR-61
Colophon: The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were spoken on August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C. This print commemorates the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at Arizona State University, January 20-24, 1992. The broadside was designed and printed by Karla Elling at Mummy Mountain Press as a contribution from the ASU Department of English & ASU Creative Writing. Edition 63 [signed] Karla Elling.


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King, Martin Luther, Jr. I Have a Dream. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993. X, 33 p.
High Density Storage Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts SPEC E-5219


King, Martin Luther, Jr. Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper & Row, 1962?, ©1958. 230 p.
Hayden Library Rare Books and Manuscripts E 185.89.T8 K5 1962
Autographed copy. Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award: Nonfiction, 1959.


Professor Keith D. Miller

Dr. Keith Miller is Professor of English at Arizona State University's Tempe campus.


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Miller, Keith D. Voice of Deliverance: The Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Its Sources. New York: Free Press; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992. x, 282 p.
E185.97.K5 M49 1992 Hayden Library 4th Floor Stacks, Hayden Library ASU Authors Featured Collections & West campus (Fletcher) Library Stacks


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Miller, Keith D.. Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic: His Final, Great Speech. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012. xiii, 245 p.
E185.97.K5 M4898 2012 Hayden Library ASU Authors Featured Collections
Ebook Central [unlimited access]


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Baker, Rene Billups and Keith D. Miller. My Life with Charles Billups & Martin Luther King: Trauma and the Civil Rights Movement. Phoenix: Peacock Proud Press, 2019. 110 p.
E185.97.B45 M9 2019 Hayden Library ASU Authors Featured Collections


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