Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Dream, Martin Luther King Jr. by Drew HansenThe third Monday in January is a federal holiday in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Renowned civil rights leader and youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a proponent of nonviolent protest. For thirteen years, from 1956 until his assassination in 1968, his was the organizing force and principal voice of America’s civil rights movement. Challenging the racial injustices of the time, Dr. King was a catalyst for transformative societal changes. The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights act of 1965 were examples of his achievements. A riveting speaker, King’s speeches include: ” I Have a Dream,” “Eulogy for the Martyred Children,” “The Birth of a New Nation” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”

Recommended reading:

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Includes Dr. King’s speeches both written and spoken.

The King Years
By Taylor Branch. Probably the best short biography of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life.

Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy
This book discusses the legacy of Jim Crow in Mississippi as well as national figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Pete Seeger. Each of these individuals were courageous black citizens who refused to be intimidated in their struggle for justice.

Revolution of Conscience: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Philosophy of Nonviolence
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a philosopher as well as a leader. This book focuses on King’s philosophy of direct action, love, justice, and his pursuit of nonviolence.

Stride toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story
Dr. Martin Luther King’s memoir of the event that put him on the world stage.

Voice of Deliverance: The Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., and its Sources
Some accuse King of being a plagiarist. The author of this book explores King’s words and tries to find the sources of his speeches and essays. He argues that King’s language and imagery comprised a skilful blending of the oral tradition of the Afro-American folk church and the style of the printed sermons of white, liberal preachers.

Andrew Young Remembers Martin Luther King (NPR Podcast)
NPR interview with former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young

Presidential Libraries (Podcast)
President Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. discuss a range of societal issues.

The King Center
The meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday by Coretta Scott King.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
From Stanford University, this site includes audio recordings of Dr. King.

Includes King’s Nobel lecture and acceptance speech when he accepted the Nobel Peace prize in 1964.

Wikipedia: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The history of how Martin Luther King day became a federal holiday.

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