The birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated in all fifty of the United States since 2000, honoring the memory of the man who championed the cause of nonviolent activism to successfully protest racial discrimination in federal and state law. Today we look at five apps that help to learn more about the man, his work, and the struggle for civil rights.
MLK was a consummate public speaker, who used the power of words to rally Americans to work together to fight racial discrimination and secure progress on civil rights. This universal app features a collection of quotes from the man, and allows for easy sharing of his words through Mail, Messages, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Alabama Civil Rights Trail (free)
Alabama was one of the focal points of the Civil Rights Movement, and the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel has created a free app to help highlight the "people, places and events that brought Alabama into the international spotlight". The app features a timeline of the struggle, from Jim Crow laws and mob violence to desegregation and the Civil Rights Act, and provides maps of civil rights landmarks across the state. Biographies of famous people like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. are included.
From the Reconstruction era to the Civil Rights Movement, one man devoted his life to gaining equal treatment for black people. William Edward Burghardt De Bois was a sociologist, historian, novelist, activist and co-founder of the NAACP, and this iPad app highlights his writings, providing "the essential readings of all African American studies programs today."
The iPhone app provides the full text of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, perhaps the most historically important pieces of legislation enacted during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The app includes a powerful search engine for looking at the details of the document, allowing users to do research from directly inside the app on Wikipedia and top search engines.
This amazing Black History education app provides background, video, and quizzes focusing on 100 of the most influential African Americans from Hank Aaron to Andrew Young.