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Still Dreaming: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18th, 2021

Today, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through reflecting on our history and volunteering our time to help our communities. At Google, we see his enormous contributions and his impact on the fight for equality as reflected in Americans’ search interests. He’s the most-searched civil rights movement led to a date, and search interest for his “I Have a Dream” speech spikes in the U.S. every January, the month of his birthday.

This year, in honor of Dr. King, we invite you to visit “Still Dreaming,” a miniature gallery created by Tammie Knight, designer, and owner of Small Matters Miniatures, with photography from Google Arts & Culture archives curated by mixed-media artist Adrian Octavius Walker.

Still Dreaming: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Creating the front door of the miniature gallery. Photo by Nathaniel King.
Still Dreaming: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Credit: Yoichi Okamoto, U.S. National Archives
Still Dreaming: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tammie Knight, Designer and Owner of Small Matters Miniatures. Photo by Nathaniel King.
Still Dreaming: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Inside the miniature gallery, “Still Dreaming.” Photo by Nathaniel King.
Still Dreaming: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tammie Knight in her home creative studio. Photo by Nathaniel King.

The gallery takes viewers on a journey through Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. It features rare photos of him taken throughout his lifetime, and you can explore the gallery thanks to footage taken by Nathaniel King.

“Dr. King was determined to fulfill his dream of one day being treated as an equal. He continuously took action in service of that dream, even when the outcome was uncertain,” Walker says. “These images capture his drive and passion that inspired others to dream of equality in the face of uncertainty, both then and now.”

The miniature gallery also features today’s annual Google Doodle, created by Pittsburgh-based guest artist Noa Denmon. With artwork depicting parallel scenes from the 1960s and modern times, the Doodle celebrates the civil rights activist who has inspired multiple generations to join in the pursuit of equality and social justice.

A Google Doodle showing half a black and white painting of a Civil Rights Movement-era speech, and a color painting of a modern-day protest mural.

Since 2004, the most searched topic in the U.S. for quotations by Dr. King is “love,” bringing to mind one of his most-remembered quotations, from his 1963 book, “Strength to Love:” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Head to MLKDay.gov to learn about the MLK Day of Service and to find volunteer opportunities in your area.