Friday, January 13, 2012

A Reading List for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we're taking a look at some books that explore Dr. King's legacy. Learning more about him and his work is a wonderful, reflective way to honor this great Civil and Human Rights leader on his birthday. Do you have a favorite book about Dr. King and his impact? Let us know in the comments section below.

Benjamin P. Campbell
"In a detailed look at the history of Richmond, Benjamin Campbell examines the contradictions and crises that have formed the city over more than four centuries. Campbell argues that the community of metropolitan Richmond is engaged in a decisive spiritual battle in the coming decade. He believes the city, more than any in the nation, has the potential for an unprecedented and historic achievement. Its citizens can redeem and fulfill the ideals of their ancestors, proving to the world that race and class can be conquered by the deliberate and prayerful intention of honest and dedicated citizens." -cover


Edited by Catherine Ellis
Collects the text and audio recordings of famous African American political speeches, by individuals ranging from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. to Condoleezza Rice and Barack Obama.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
This classic is Dr. King's account of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham during the Spring and Summer of 1963. The book demonstrates the power of nonviolent direct action taking place in possibly the most racially segregated city in the United States. King also explores goals future generations must accomplish in order to bring full equality to the nation.

Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington
Charles C. Euchner
"Draws on the oral histories of more than one hundred participants to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the historic 1963 March on Washington that culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech." -cover

Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation
Clarence B. Jones
“'I have a dream.' When those words were spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, the crowd stood, electrified, as Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the plight of African Americans to the public consciousness and firmly established himself as one of the greatest orators of all time. Behind the Dream is a thrilling, behind-the-scenes account of the weeks leading up to the great event, as told by Clarence Jones, co-writer of the speech and close confidant to King. Jones was there, on the road, collaborating with the great minds of the time, and hammering out the ideas and the speech that would shape the civil rights movement and inspire Americans for years to come." -cover

Edited by James M. Washington
"These words and other are commemorated here in the only major one-volume collection of this seminal twentieth-century American prophet's writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections. A Testament of Hope contains Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and more." -cover

Martin Luther King, Jr.
This collection of sermons, originally published in 1963, focuses on the topic of racial segregation with an emphasis on religious values. About this book, Coretta Scott King wrote, "...this book best explains the central element of Martin Luther King, Jr.' s philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a divine, loving presence that binds all life."

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