MLK Jr. Day: Celebrating Justice and Social Change

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we join our colleagues in Campus Ministry and the Center for Global Engagement in celebrating the legacy of a man who worked for justice. and social change. We have curated a short list of documentaries and drama, primary sources, and books that illustrate Dr. King’s continuing legacy.

Documentaries and Drama

King in the Wilderness

King in the Wilderness (Kanopy)
Excerpt: From award-winning director/producer Peter Kunhardt, KING IN THE WILDERNESS follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the volatile last three years of his life, from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in April 1968. Drawing on revelatory stories from his inner circle of friends, the film provides a clear window into the civil rights leader’s character, showing him to be a man with an unshakeable commitment to peaceful protest in the face of an increasingly unstable country.



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A Historical Perspective – An Authorized Biography of a Civil Rights Hero

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: an Historical Perspective (Kanopy)
Excerpt: He was the conscience of the struggle for civil rights–and one of its many heroic martyrs. This documentary offers a one-of-a-kind examination of Dr. King’s extraordinary life. Using rare and largely unseen film footage and photographs, this film (endorsed by the King Foundation) explores how Dr. King’s ideas, beliefs and methods evolved in the face of the rapidly changing climate of the Civil Rights Movement. To study Dr. King’s compelling and magnificent life is to understand that social change and enlightenment are brought about only by the overwhelming force of the human spirit.


Selma (Swank Video)

Excerpt: Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and Common as Bevel.

Primary Sources

Michigan State University (Reel 161).
The library subscribes to Gale Primary Sources, a portal for exploring topics across 23 collections. There are many documents, manuscripts, books, newspapers, and periodicals that cover King’s experiences with the FBI, legal cases, other civil rights leaders. There are even letters written by King to various civil rights organizations. Specific collections include: Political Extremism and Radicalism, U.S. Declassified Documents Online, and The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832–1978.
Of special note is the FBI file on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. This archive containing the 44,000-page case file of the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents the bureau’s role in finding James Earl Ray and obtaining his conviction. The FBI also collected background information on Dr. King’s social activism. Students and scholars of the civil rights movement will be especially interested in this archive.

Selected e-books from the library’s collections reflect the diversity and reach of Dr. King’s influence.
Sylvie Laurent and William Julius Wilson. 2019.

Baldwin, Lewis V. 2016. Behind the Public Veil: The Humanness of Martin Luther King Jr. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Baldwin, Lewis V. and Victor Anderson. 2018. Revives My Soul again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King Jr. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press.

Baldwin, Lewis V., Vicki L. Crawford, Robert M. Franklin, Victor Anderson, Teresa Delgado, Larry Rivers, Crystal A. Degregory, Gary S. Selby, and Walter E. Fluker. 2019. Reclaiming the Great World House: The Global Vision of Martin Luther King Jr. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Cervantes, Valerie S. 2018. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet. Washington, District of Columbia: Congressional Research Service.

Dorrien, Gary J. 2018. Breaking White Supremacy : Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Finley, Mary Lou, Bernard LaFayette, James R. Ralph, and Pam Smith. 2016. The Chicago Freedom Movement : Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky.

Jackson, Thomas F. and Martin Luther King. 2007. From Civil Rights to Human Rights Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice. Philadelphia, Pa: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Laurent, Sylvie and William Julius Wilson. 2019. King and the Other America: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Lischer, Richard. 2020. The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word that Moved America. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Rose, Justin. 2019. The Drum Major Instinct: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Theory of Political Service. Athens: The University of Georgia Press.

Further Information
  • The Catholic University Campus Ministry has a MLK Jr. Teach-In site. Check out the Ministry website for additional information and service opportunities.
  • The Center for Cultural Engagement has a Resources page with such topics as Resources for Confronting Racism and Being an Ally.
  • The John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library has a book display of select print resources on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including the four volume set of his papers. The display is located on the 1st floor.

New Gale Database: Political Extremism and Radicalism

Catholic University Libraries has acquired a number of databases from Gale Cengage on social, political, historical, and health topics. Gale Primary Sources consist of large collections divided into case studies on critical, contemporary issues, each of which is backed with an accessible collection of hand-picked primary sources. In addition, each case study contains a bibliography and relevant discussion questions. All curated content has been chosen by an international expert who has reviewed the case studies for accuracy and teachability.

Political extremism has been on the rise across the world for many years. One particular collection the libraries have acquired is Political Extremism and Radicalism:

Liberal democracies of North America, Europe, and Australasia throughout the twentieth century have experienced a variety of forms of extremism and radicalism that have shaped mainstream political thinking as well as cultural norms. To comprehend modern governmental and societal systems researchers must understand the environment that created them, their origins, and their adversaries. (web site)

This series provides insight into fringe groups–the right and the left of the political spectrum–through rare, primary sources. Scholars and students will find these sources valuable in understanding the period and context when the documents were created. Scholars and students can answer questions on philosophical, social, political, and economic ideologies and address such issues “surrounding gender, sexuality, race, religion, civil rights, universal suffrage, and much more.”

From the FBI File on Charles Lindbergh (1939-1956)

Some of these collections include: Christian Identity and Far-Right Wing Politics (1923-1910); James Aho Collection (1960-2010); Social Documents Collection (1918-2000); FBI Files on Charles Lindbergh (1939-1956), Ezra Pound (1941-1971), Joseph McCarthy (1942-1974), and the Posse Comitatus (1973-1996); Walter Goldwater Radical Pamphlet Collection (1800-1999); The American Radicalism Collection; British Home Office Defence Regulation 18B Advisory Committee Papers and Registered Papers Regarding British Fascists; British Security Service Personal Files, Right-Wing Extremists; Fascists and Anti-Fascist Booklets; The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda; Leaflets, Stickers, Posters, and Electoral Ephemera from Fascist and Anti-Fascist Organizations; Searchlight Magazine; and Searchlight Oral Histories Collection.


In addition to this fine resource, we have a smaller collection called “Political Extremism” which focuses on twelve case studies. The case studies cover the historical events, political actions, and social movements centers in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia from the 1900’s to the 2010’s. They include coverage on such disparate radical and extremist movements as the National Socialist Party of Australia, the Aryan Nations, the Ku Klux Klan, the British Union of Fascists, the UK National Front, the Black Panther Party, the Weather Underground and the Socialist Party USA.

THE BIRTH OF A NATION Poster for 1915 silent film by D.W.Griffith. (From the Marketing Hate module).


Each case study has curated primary source content that can be used to teach students how to use primary sources for analyzing social issues. Included is an introductory essay, annotated sources for students to examine and discussion questions linking themes in the case studies to today. The primary sources are written by international experts and presented so they are easily comprehended by students. These primary sources are unique in that they reveal “the internal debates about historical extremist activism and the sensitivities of dealing with radical and extremist actors.” This method sheds light on contemporary issues raised about such movements. In particular, the collection explores “the role of female activists within radical movements, the use of terrorism and political violence within extremist movements, how extremists and radicals use propaganda and marketing techniques to promote their ideas to mainstream audiences, and the effectiveness of state proscription when dealing with such movements.”

Additional information about the collections, archives, and document types can be found here.

Winter is Coming – Snuggle up with some good books

Before you leave for the Christmas break, check out our Popular Reading shelves for some interesting selections listed below. Categories include fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, social issues, and politics. Something for everyone.

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. Have a restful, peaceful Merry Christmas. See you in the New Year!

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Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis De Lafayette in the Age of Revolution Duncan, Mike
Immediate Family Levy, Ashley Nelson
Where Did the Universe Come From? and Other Cosmic Questions: Our Universe, from the Quantum to the Cosmos Ferrie, Chris & Lewis, Geraint F.
Robert E. Lee: A Life Guelzo, Allen C.
The Wish Sparks, Nicholas
Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience Saslow, Eli
In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters Goldstone, Nancy
Personal Effects: What Recovering the Dead Teaches Me About Caring for the Living Jensen, Robert A.
The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine Borrell, Brendan
Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages Jones, Dan
Rizzio Mina, Denise
Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age Applegate, Debby
Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America Dyson, Michael Eric
Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court Greenhouse, Linda
New York, My Village Akpan, Uwem
The President and the Freedom Fighter: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Their Battle to Save America’s Soul Kilmeade, Brian
Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City Lawler, Andrew
Van Gogh and the Artists He Loved Naifeh, Steven
The Sentence Erdrich, Louise
The Stranger in the Lifeboat Albom, Mitch
My Body Ratajkowski, Emily
The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America Feldman, Noah
On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times Ignatieff, Michael
Will Smith, Will, with Mark Manson
1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows Weiwei, Ai
The Unknown Woman of the Seine Hansen, Brooks
The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World Marshall, Tim
Pity the Beast McLean, Robin

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Faculty Perspectives: Open Textbooks in the Classroom and Your Students

Join the Washington Research Library Consortium Textbook Affordability Working Group for a brief introduction to open textbooks and a panel discussion featuring four faculty members who teach with them. All teaching instructors attending will have the opportunity to earn a $200 stipend by posting a review of an open textbook!


Date: Friday, December 10th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Welcome – Introduction to Open Textbooks and Faculty Funding Opportunity

    • Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship, Catholic University Libraries

Faculty Discussion Panel

    • Dr. Sen Chiao, Professor at Howard University’s Program in Atmospheric Science and Interdisciplinary Studies

    • Dr Sarah Fischer, Professor of Criminal Justice at Marymount University

    • Dr. Amanda Hinojosa, Professor at Howard University’s Business School

    • Jennifer Yang, Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Marymount University


    • Angelique Carson, WRLC

    • Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship, Catholic University Libraries
    • Angelique Carson, WRLC

Register today! – (Zoom link will be sent the day before the event to registered attendees)

Learn more about the event and Open Textbooks at

Questions? Contact Kevin Gunn (, CU’s TAWG representative.

University Research Day Call for Abstracts

As a member of the 2022 University Research Day Committee, I would like to share the following announcement with you:

University Research Day

University Research Day (URD) at The Catholic University of America is a day when students, faculty and staff come together to celebrate, share and learn about the innovative and exciting research taking place at the University.

URD showcases the work of hundreds of students, faculty, and staff.  (Explore last year’s award winners and programs). This year, URD will take place on April 7, 2022.

We are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts. Abstracts will be due January 28, 2022.

We would like to encourage ALL members of the Catholic University community to submit abstracts. This includes both campus-based students, staff and faculty, and those at other locations (e.g. Rome campus, online programs).

URD 2022 includes opportunities for oral presentations, posters and interactive research demonstrations (e.g. architectural model, short dramatic performance, etc.). Research includes anything that falls under “scholarly work”; for example, a project you worked on with a faculty member, a recent presentation you gave at a professional meeting, scholarly paper, dramatic or musical performance, or display of art, etc.

At URD, participants present their scholarship in a way that ensures engagement with everyone — even those unfamiliar with the subject matter.

Abstracts should reflect this and be written with clear, non-technical language that is geared toward ALL people. Examples of abstracts are available on the URD Abstract Submissions page. Members of the URD Planning Committee judge the submitted abstracts and selected presenters will be notified by email in March.

Look for more information on the URD website. You will find important dates, the link to the abstract application form, presentation formats and more. Follow us on social media at #CUatResearchDay.

Questions? Reach out to us at or to any of the current URD committee members.

Submit your abstract by January 28, 2022 at 5 p.m. 

Thank you. We look forward to another exciting University Research Day!


Faculty Perspectives: Open Textbooks in the Classroom and Funding Opportunities

Join the Washington Research Library Consortium Textbook Affordability Working Group for a brief introduction to open textbooks and a panel discussion featuring two faculty members who teach with them.

One of our presenters will be CU’s Dr. Chelsea Kelly, Assistant Professor of Sociology, who will share her experiences using an open textbook for her SOC 202 Research Methods class.

First-time attendees who are course instructors or faculty will have the opportunity to earn a $200 stipend by posting a review of an open textbook!

Date: Wednesday, December 1st, 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm


Welcome – Introduction to Open Textbooks and Faculty Funding Opportunity

    • Jenise Overmier, Assistant Professor, Research & Instruction Librarian, Marymount University

Faculty Discussion Panel

    • Dr. Chelsea Kelly, Professor of sociology, Catholic University

    • Bill Hanff, Professor in Digital Media, University of DC


    • Meghan Kowalski, Outreach and Reference Librarian, University of DC

    • Meghan Kowalski, Outreach and Reference Librarian, University of DC
    • Jenise Overmier, Assistant Professor, Research & Instruction Librarian, Marymount University

Register today! – (Zoom link will be sent the day before the event to registered attendees)

Learn more about the event and Open Textbooks at

Questions? Contact Kevin Gunn (, CU’s TAWG rep.

Be Mesmerized by our new Popular Reading Titles

“You are getting very, very, sleepy. You want to peruse our Popular Reading section and take out some books for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our new acquisitions are listed below. Select something you like. Fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, and politics–just for you. You will awaken once you have left Mullen Library.”

Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. Have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

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Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois Jeffers, Honoree Fanonne
Poison for Breakfast Snicket, Lemony
A Slow Fire Burning Hawkins, Paula
Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories Wolitzer, Hilma
The Nature of Middle-Earth Tolkien, J. R. R./ Hostetter, Carl F.
The End of Trauma: How the New Science of Resilience Is Changing How We Think About PTSD Bonanno, George A.
The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA Contreras, Jorge L.
David Copperfield’s History of Magic Copperfield, David; Wiseman, Richard; & Britland, David
The Approaching Storm: Roosevelt, Wilson, Addams, and Their Clash over America’s Future Lanctot, Neil
Flesh & Blood: Reflections on Infertility, Family, and Creating a Bountiful Life: A Memoir Moss, N. West
100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet Paul, Pamela
The Lie About the Truck: Survivor, Reality TV, and the Endless Gaze Tisdale, Sallie
Forgiving Paris Kingsbury, Karen
Trashlands Stine, Alison
Crossroads Franzen, Jonathan
The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women Hossain, Anushay
12 Bytes: How We Got Here. Where We Might Go Next Winterson, Jeanette
The Morning Star Knausgaard, Karl Ove
The Auschwitz Photographer: The Forgotten Story of the WWII Prisoner Who Documented Thousands of Lost Souls Crippa, Luca & Onnis, Maurizio
Forever Young: A Memoir Mills, Hayley
Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World Hayhoe, Katharine
Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion Suzuki, Wendy
Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy Tooze, Adam
Friends Like These McCreight, Kimberly
Beautiful World, Where Are You Rooney, Sally
The Magician Toibin, Colm
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife Winstead, Ashley
Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward Fauci, Anthony
Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos Imperioli, Michael & Schirripa, Steve
The Age of A.I.: And Our Human Future Kissinger, Henry; Schmidt, Eric; & Huttenlocher, Daniel
Filled With Fire and Light: Portraits and Legends from the Bible, Talmud, and Hasidic World Wiesel, Elie. Edited by Alan Rosen

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What’s on your Pumpkin Reading List?

Browse some of our new acquisitions in the Popular Reading Collection listed below. Fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, politics–you name it–are some of the subjects represented. Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

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Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America Smith, Clint
How to Tell Stories to Children West, Silke Rose / Sarosy, Joseph
The Girl Who Died Jonasson, Ragnar
Who They Was Krauze, Gabriel
When the Sparrow Falls Sharpson, Neil
Filthy Animals Taylor, Brandon
What a Dog Knows Wilson, Susan
Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away Hagedorn, Ann
The Reckoning: Our Nation’s Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal Trump, Mary L.
Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump Ackerman, Spencer
Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption Zakaria, Rafia
Blind Tiger Stone, Brad
The Eternal Audience of One Ngamije, Rémy
Agent You: Show Up, Do the Work, and Succeed on Your Own Terms Lynn, Nicole
The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence Kurczy, Stephen
Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage Henderson, Eleanor
I Left My Homework in the Hamptons: What I Learned Teaching the Children of the One Percent Grossberg, Blythe
A Wild Idea: The True Story of Douglas Tompkins – the Greatest Conservationist You’ve Never Heard of Franklin, Jonathan
The State Must Provide: Why America’s Colleges Have Always Been Unequal – and How to Set Them Right Harris, Adam
Every Minute Is a Day: A Doctor, an Emergency Room, and a City Under Siege Meyer, Robert & Koeppel, Dan
Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina Pazcoguin, Georgina
Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South Rembert, Winfred & Kelly, Erin I.
Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family Shapiro, Melissa/ Eichler Rivas, Mim
Everyday Vitality: Turning Stress into Strength Boardman, Samantha
Misfits: A Personal Manifesto Coel, Michaela
Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America Press, Eyal
Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography Woolever, Laurie
Inseparable: A Never-Before-Published Novel Beauvoir, Simone de
Cloud Cuckoo Land Doerr, Anthony
The War for Gloria Lish, Atticus

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