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Recommended Books By and About Martin Luther King Jr.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Written in his own words, this history-making autobiography is Martin Luther King: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who chafed under and eventually rebelled against segregation; the dedicated young minister who continually questioned the depths of his faith and the limits of his wisdom; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family’s needs with those of a growing, nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fired by a vision of equality for people everywhere.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? CHAOS OR COMMUNITY

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this important work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, we find King’s acute analysis of American race relations and the state of the movement after a decade of civil rights efforts. King lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America’s future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education.

A GIFT OF LOVE: SERMONS FROM STRENGTH TO LOVE AND OTHER PREACHINGS

As Dr. King prepared for the Birmingham campaign in early 1963, he drafted the final sermons for Strength to Love, a volume of his best-known homilies. King had begun working on the sermons during a fortnight in jail in July 1962. Having been arrested for holding a prayer vigil outside Albany City Hall, King and Ralph Abernathy shared a jail cell for fifteen days that was, according to King, “dirty, filthy, and ill-equipped” and “the worse I have ever seen.” While behind bars, he spent uninterrupted time preparing the drafts for classic sermons such as “Loving Your Enemies,” “Love in Action,” and “Shattered Dreams,” and continued to work on the volume after his release of love as a social and political force for change.

A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE: THE ESSENTIAL WORKS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FOR STUDENTS

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. Now, for the first time, teachers and students will be able to access Dr. King’s writings not only electronically but in stand-alone book form. Arranged thematically in five parts, the collection includes nineteen selections and is introduced by award-winning author Walter Dean Myers.

THE ESSENTIAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: ‘I HAVE A DREAM’ AND OTHER GREAT WRITINGS

The ultimate collection of Dr. King’s most inspirational and transformative speeches and sermons, accessibly available for the first time as an ebook. Here, in Dr. King’s own words, are writings that reveal an intellectual struggle and growth as fierce and alive as any chronicle of his political life could possibly be. Included amongst the twenty selections are Dr. King’s most influential and persuasive works such as “I Have a Dream” and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” but also the essay “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence,” and his last sermon “I See the Promised Land,” preached the day before he was assassinated.

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