5 books every fan of Martin Luther King, Jr. should read

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Martin Luther King was an icon. He believed in freedom and doing the right thing. If you want to know more about this great man, here are 5 books that you need to read.

1) The Letter from Birmingham Jail:


Also known as “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” and “The Negro Is Your Brother” by Martin Luther King, Jr. The open letter was written on April 16, 1963 while he was held in Birmingham, Alabama. It says that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws and encourages people to keep fighting for social justice. In this book you’ll also find the famous ” I have a dream” speech.

2) Why We Can’t Wait:


By Martin Luther King, Jr. The book was published in 1964, and it deals with the nonviolent movement against racial segregation in the United States, and specifically the 1963 Birmingham campaign. It also encourages people to keep on their fight against racial injustice across the whole nation.

3) Dare to Dream:

Coretta Scott King and the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Shelf Medearis. Dr. King’s wife, Coretta wrote this engaging biography for young readers to highlight an important period of American history.

4) Parting the Waters:


America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch, is volume one of the trilogy of  America in the King Years. This book deals with the American civil rights movement. Its author won a pulitzer prize in 1989. The trilogy also features Pillar of Fire 1963-65 and At Canaan’s Edge 1965-68.

5) The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson.


The book list would not be complete without an autobiography. The book includes interviews, correspondence and some writings of the king himself.

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