Book Hunters in Brief #57: Celebrate the Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19 is the day set aside to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We celebrate him, in part, because he was one of those rarest of individuals: a courageous man of action who knew that, in the end, the power of his words was his best weapon against injustice. Those words did the near impossible; they spurred others to action--action, it must be remembered, that entailed great personal risk for those who chose to undertake it. Such was the power of his gifts that he gave others courage and resolve they might otherwise have lacked. And his words, nearly 50 years after his assassination, still have the power to change the world. What better way to celebrate Dr. King's life and works than to read those words. Below are several suggestions from Book Hunters.

Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights & Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Hours by Ann Bausum

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year by Tavis Smiley

I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by A.R. Flowers, Manu Chitraker & Gublielmo Rossi

March, Book One by John Lewis

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson & Kris Shepard

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The works of Dr. Martin

The works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are as relevant today as they were then. This day is important to all of us who wants to live in a more perfect union.

Very well said. Thank you.

Very well said. Thank you.