There’s a Book for That: Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday, January 15th we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. It’s a time to commemorate the timeless values he exemplified – courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service – as well as the forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his leadership. It’s especially important for the young to learn about Dr. King’s character and contributions and the power of words. We recommend the books herein for education and inspiration for all ages.
Visit The King Center’s site here for more information on this year’s commemoration.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: THE LAST INTERVIEW AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS by Martin Luther King, Jr.
This collection ranges from an early 1961 interview in which King describes his reasons for joining the ministry (after considering medicine), to a 1964 conversation with Robert Penn Warren, to his last interview, which was conducted on stage at the convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, just ten days before King’s assassination.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: A LIFE by Marshall Frady
Marshall Frady, the reporter who became the unofficial chronicler of the civil rights movement, here re-creates the life and turbulent times of its inspirational leader. Deftly interweaving the story of King’s quest with a history of the African American struggle for equality, Frady offers fascinating insights into his subject’s magnetic character, with its mixture of piety and ambition. He explores the complexities of King’s relationships with other civil rights leaders, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover, who conducted a relentless vendetta against him. The result is a biography that conveys not just the facts of King’s life but the power of his legacy.
WHY WE CAN’T WAIT by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., offers an eloquent and penetrating analysis of the vents and pressures that propelled the Civil Rights movement from lunch counter sit-ins to the forefront of the American consciousness.
THE RADICAL KING: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Introduction by Cornel West
A revealing collection that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X. “The radical King” was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place in capitalist societies…. The response of the radical King to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution—a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.
A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE: THE ESSENTIAL WORKS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FOR STUDENTS by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Introduction by Walter Dean Myers
The first collection of King’s essential writings for high school students and young people. A Time to Break Silence presents Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most important writings and speeches—carefully selected by teachers across a variety of disciplines—in an accessible and user-friendly volume.
FOR YOUNGER READERS:
MARTIN LUTHER KING: THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR by Ed Clayton, Donald Bermudez, Xernona Clayton
Follow the inspiring life of Martin Luther King Jr. in a moving, vital, and informative book by an author and an illustrator with close ties to Dr. King’s family. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to helping people, first as a Baptist minister and scholar and later as the foremost leader in the African-American civil rights movement. An organizer of the Montgomery bus boycott and cofounder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
DREAM MARCH: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Sally Wern Comport
Set against Dr. King’s historic march on Washington in the summer of 1963, a moving story and powerful illustrations combine to illuminate not only one of America’s most celebrated leaders, but also one of America’s most celebrated moments.
I AM MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos
We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.
For more information on these and related titles visit the collection: MLK Jr.
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