Martin Luther King, Jr.

Books that celebrate the life — and extend the legacy — of one of the greatest of Americans.

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Collected in this volume of more than 700 pages are the sermons, speeches, interviews, and other writings (including the unforgettable “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and the stirring “I Have a Dream” oration) that defined the aspiration, message, and visionary eloquence of Martin Luther King, Jr. An indispensable book.

Why We Can’t Wait

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

The nonviolent protests led by Martin Luther King, Jr., in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 proved to be a defining moment for the dreams and strivings of the Civil Rights movement. This book provides King’s own account of the Birmingham marches and sit-ins as well as his broader meditations on the struggle for equality.

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

By Taylor Branch

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, Parting the Waters is the first volume in Branch’s monumental trilogy, America in the King Years 1954-1968. Epic in scope and compelling in detail, it combines with its sequels (Pillar of Fire and At Canaan’s Edge) to produce an unmatched record of profound human, historical, and political drama.

Bearing the Cross

By David J. Garrow

The most comprehensive book on the life of Dr. King and the context of his achievements, this 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winner draws on over 700 interviews with King’s associates as well as his private papers. It portrays a complex man whose human frailties only magnified the power of his faith and the grandeur of his undertakings.

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [CDs]

No page can do justice to the extraordinary eloquence of Dr. King, so we are lucky that the inspiring marriage of his voice and his message lives on in the original recordings of his sermons and speeches. The most famous, including “I Have A Dream,” are collected with many others in this monumental 7-CD set.