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Visit this site for resources, educational tools and links to better understand Dr. King's platform on issues like poverty, peace, justice, better jobs with fair wages, decent housing and quality education in his final years.


Reading List

Adult Reading List

Branch, Taylor. At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-1968. New York, New York: Simon & Shuster, 2006.

Dyson, Michael Eric. April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How it Changed America. New York, New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2008.

Garrow, David J. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York, New York: Harper Collins, 1986.

Honey, Michael K. Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign. New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007.

King Jr., Martin Luther. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. Edited by James Washington. New York, New York: Harper Collins, 1986.

King Jr., Martin Luther. All Labor Has Dignity. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986.

King Jr., Martin Luther. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. Edited by Clayborne Carson. New York, New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1998.

King Jr., Martin Luther. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Boston: Beacon Press, 1967.

King Jr., Martin Luther. Why We Can’t Wait. New York, New York: Penguin Books, 1964.

Young Adult Books

Bausum, Ann. Marching to the Mountain Top: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr's Final Hours. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2012.

Beals, Melba Patillo. Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High. Simon Pulse, 2007.

Levinson, Cynthia. We've got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March. Peachtree Publishers, 2015.

Lewis, John, and Andrew Aydin. March: Trilogy of Novels. Top Shelf Productions, 2016.

Mulholland, Loki. She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Shadow Mountain, 2016.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. HMH Books, 2013.

Taylor, Mildred D. Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Penguin Books, 1976.

Taylor, Mildred D. Let the Circle Be Unbroken. Penguin Books, 1981.

Taylor, Mildred D. The Road to Memphis. Penguin Books, 1990.

Webb, Sheyann, and Rachel West Nelson. Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days as told to Frank Sikora. University of Alabama Press, 1980.

Children's Books

Adler, David. A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday House, 1989.

Bridges, Ruby. Through My Eyes. Scholastic Press, 1999.

Davidson, Margaret. I Have a Dream: The Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholastic Paperbacks, 1991.

King Jr., Martin Luther. I Have a Dream. Schwartz & Wade, 2012.

Levinson, Cynthia. The Youngest Marcher: The story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a young Civil Rights Activist. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation. Greenwillow Books, 2008.

Rappaport, Doreen. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hyperion Books, 2007.

Shore, Diane Z. and Jessica Alexander. This Is the Dream. Amistad, 2009.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins. Puffin Books, 2007.

Wiles, Deborah. Freedom Summer. Aladdin, 2005.