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200K Documents Available at MLK Exhibit in Dover

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DOVER, Del.- There has been a lot of focus on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Dover during the past two weeks.

First the city recently renamed a street in his honor. And then a week ago was Martin Luther King Day. And on Monday, a brand new exhibit about the civil rights leader opened at Delaware State University. Hosting the exhibit is a special honor for the school. This is the first stop for the King Center Imaging Project Exhibition on a nationwide tour. It is, appropriately, at the Martin Luther King Student Center.

Just as King had a dream, so does DSU junior Charles Robinson-Snead. Writing down a dream is one of the things people can do at the exhibit.

"I was just writing down my dream was for leadership," he said. "I just want to help young men raise their standards and become better."

Visitors can also check out digitized copies of almost 200,000 documents connected to King and the civil rights movement. These documents have never before been available like this to the public.

"Now they are, " Courtney Smith Goodrich, with JP Morgan, which helped put on the exhibit. "I think it gives a full picture of who Dr. King was a person, not just a civil rights leader but as a human being."

Goodrich said DSU was a good choice for a first stop.

"Making sure that it came to a place where there is a King Center and that values his work was important," she said. "Making sure that it was available to students on campus was important to us."

If you come to the exhibit, you will see speeches, report cards, sermons. And Robinson-Snead says seeing them for yourself is a powerful experience.

"It brings a lot of reality to what we've heard over the years."

The exhibit is in Dover through Friday. Its next stop is the University of Delaware.

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