Books about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Annotation:In this analysis of the impact Dr. King’s death had on America, Dyson looks at how different groups have interpreted and appropriated the life and death of Dr. King.
Annotation:A collection of Dr. King’s most influential speeches and letters, as assembled by Clayborne Clarkson. One of the definitive texts on Dr. King and his enduring legacy.
Annotation: Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, Bearing the Cross is a rare biographical look at Dr. King that examines the man as closely as his works.
Annotation:A close look at the challenging, contentious relationship that developed between two national leaders during an era of uncertainty.
Annotation:An abridged version of Branch’s incredible trilogy on the Civil Rights era, The King Years follows the watershed moments of the movement, with particular emphasis on the contributions of Dr. King to American politics and history.
Annotation:As much a personal memoir as an exploration of the life and impact of Dr. King, Martin’s Dream traces the journey of Clayborne Clarkson from hitchhiking to the 1963 March on Washington, to his illustrious career as a scholar, editor, and publisher of Dr. King’s papers.
Annotation:A unique look at how Dr. King’s most famous speech came together, as told by one of Dr. King’s speechwriters as well as several prominent individuals who witnessed the event.
Annotation:A new meditation on King's legacy, being published in honor of the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech.
Annotation:Thoreau’s classic essay on the responsibilities of citizens was profoundly influential on Dr. King. Many of the ideas Thoreau voiced would later be adopted by the Civil Rights Movement.
Annotation:Built around Dr. King’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait is a unique bit of cultural analysis coming from Dr. King himself during one of the most tumultuous eras of American history. Written as history was unfolding, Why We Can’t Wait is eloquent, intense, and firmly grounded in the 1963 Dr. King was writing from.