The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection is a special collection of materials related to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement. It features books, videos, and audio recordings, all of which can be checked out by library customers. The collection is located on the Third Floor of the King Library and features a special gallery of photos and newspaper clippings, forming a timeline of Dr. King's life.
Selected Resources in the King Collection:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bust
The King Library is home to a bronze bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by renowned artist Sascha Schnittmann.
At a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in the library lobby, SJSU President Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi accepted the stunning work, a donation from KQED to the university from Becca Reed, Executive Director of KQED Silicon Valley, who shared that Schnittmann began working on the piece in 1968 as an "effort of respect". Originally unveiled in 1972 in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral by Coretta Scott King, the piece is three times life size and weighs 100 pounds. Reverend Jeff Smith, President of the San Jose chapter of the NAACP, also attended the event and spoke to the far-reaching influence of Dr. King.
Thousands of library visitors can now enjoy the sculpture and be reminded of the legacy of the library’s namesake.