In Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Few people in history have been as magnanimous as civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. His stirring orations inspired hope for a better future, and the peaceful protests he organized ultimately led to the end of legalized racial segregation and altered the course of American history forever. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, learn more about Dr. King’s inspiring life and revisit his moving speeches with these great books.

Parting the Waters

This first part of Taylor Branch’s trilogy on Dr. King won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. It’s considered one of the most definitive and thorough accounts of the civil rights movement.

A Call to Conscience

Hear the original recordings of a dozen of Dr. King’s best speeches. Listening to his voice in your ear is affecting in and of itself, but each speech is also introduced by other prominent activists, such as the Dalai Lama and Rosa Parks.

Bearing the Cross

A Pulitzer Prize winner from professor David Garrow that focuses on what drove the reverend and civil rights leader to be so lionhearted, both in his public activism and in his private life.

Martin Luther King, Jr

A succinct account of Dr. King’s accomplishments in the face of fierce antagonism from journalist Marshall Frady. This may be short compared to Branch and Garrow’s works, but it packs a punch with its candid portrayal of Dr. King.

Find more about Dr. King’s life and his speeches in these ebooks and audiobooks.