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Books about Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4, 1968
April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America By Dyson, Michael Eric (Paperback - 2008 ) E185.615.D944 2008 and more… Available in some locations

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.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr By King, Martin Luther (Paperback - 2001 ) E185.97.K5A52 2001 coll. Heritage Collection and more… Available in some locations

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.

Bearing the Cross
Bearing the Cross Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference By Garrow, David J. (Book - 1986 ) E185.97.K5G36 1986 coll. Closed Stacks and more… Available in some locations

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.

Judgment Days
Judgment Days Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws That Changed America By Kotz, Nick (Book - 2005 ) E847.2.K67 2005 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:A close look at the challenging, contentious relationship that developed between two national leaders during an era of uncertainty.

King
King The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr By Johnson, Charles Richard (Book - 2000 ) E185.97.K5J57 2000 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:The life of Dr. King in images, from world famous moments of triumph, to intimate scenes with family and friends.

The King Years
The King Years Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement By Branch, Taylor (Book - 2013 ) E185.61.B7913 2013 and more… Available in some locations

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.

A Knock at Midnight
A Knock at Midnight Inspiration From the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr By King, Martin Luther (Book - 1998 ) BV4241.5.K56 1998 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:A transcribed selection of Dr. King’s sermons that examines the man through the lens of his faith.

Martin's Dream
Martin's Dream My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. : A Memoir By Carson, Clayborne (Book - 2013 ) E185.97.C273A3 2013 and more… Available in some locations

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.

The Speech
The Speech The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream By Younge, Gary (Book - 2013 ) E185.97.K5Y64 2013 coll. Heritage Collection and more… Available in some locations

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.

Waking From the Dream
Waking From the Dream The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr By Chappell, David L. (Book - 2014 ) E185.97.K5C455 2013 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:A new meditation on King's legacy, being published in honor of the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech.

Walden ; And, Civil Disobedience
Walden ; And, Civil Disobedience By Thoreau, Henry David (Paperback - 1983 ) PS3048.A1 1983 and more… Available in some locations

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.

Why We Can't Wait
Why We Can't Wait By King, Martin Luther (Paperback - 2010 ) E185.61.K54 2010 and more… Available in some locations

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.

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