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An MLK Reading List

The following titles represent an overview of the life, legacy, and causes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Historical Perspectives

  • African American Experience in Vietnam: Brothers in Arms
  • All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, but Some of Us are Brave: Black Women's Studies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • American Negro Songs and Spirituals: A Comprehensive Collection of 230 Folk Songs, Religious and Secular
  • At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Race, and Resistance - A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
  • Becoming King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of a National Leader
  • Black in Selma: The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chestnut, Jr.
  • Black Leaders in Conflict: Joseph H. Jackson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  • Breath of Freedom, A
  • Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans
  • Civil Rights Chronicle
  • Climbing Jacob's Ladder
  • Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
  • Race Relations in the United States, 1960-1980
  • Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement
  • To Redeem the Soul of America: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Unfinished Agenda of the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March, The
  • Unsteady March, The
  • Unstoppable Man: A Bibliography, Marin Luther King Jr.
  • White violence and Black response: from Reconstruction to Montgomery

Books About/By MLK

  • At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68
  • Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Vietnam and civil rights
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Apostle of Militant Nonviolence
  • Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., The (Multiple Volumes)
  • Parting the Waters
  • Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Last 31 Hours
  • To redeem the soul of America: the SOuthern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • To Shape a New World: essays on the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • To the Mountaintop
  • Trumpet of Conscious
  • Unequal Treatment: Confronting racial and ethnic disparities in health care
  • Unfinished Agenda of the Selma-Montgomery voting rights march, The
  • Unstoppable Man: A Bibloography, Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • What manner of man: a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Where do we go from here: chaos or community?
  • Why we can't wait
  • Words of Martin Luther King, Jr., The

1968 and Beyond

  • 50 Years Later: Why the Murder of Dr. King Still Hurts
  • Across that Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change
  • All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of Education
  • American Journey of Barack Obama
  • And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK
  • And We Are Not Saved: The ELusive Quest for Racial Justice
  • April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America'
  • Barack Obama and Twenty-First Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA
  • Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today
  • Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama
  • Between the World and Me
  • Black means...
  • Black Sexual Politics
  • Bone to pick: of forgiveness, reconciliation, reparation, and revenge
  • Chasing King's Killer
  • Dispatches form the ebony tower: intellectuals confront the African American experience
  • Fifty Years Since MLK
  • Impact of Immigration on African Americans, The
  • Movement Without Marches, A
  • Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
  • Radical King, The
  • Unequal Treatment: Confronting racial and ethnic disaprities in health care
  • Unfinished Agenda of the Selma-Montgomery voting rights march, The
  • Voices in Black and White: Writings on Race in America from Harper's Magazine
  • White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories

The following books are in Bird Library

  • Against the odds: scholars who challenged racism in the twentieth century
  • Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise
  • Black church in the African-American experience, The
  • Bone to Pick: of forgiveness, reconciliation, reparation, and revenge
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: A profile/1970
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: A profile/1964
  • Negro church in America, The
  • Road to Memphis
  • Sounds of the struggle: persons and perspectives in civil rights
  • To redeem the soul of America: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • To the mountaintop: Martin Luther King Jr.'s sacred mission to save America, 1955-1968
  • Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
  • Unfinishe Agenda of the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March, The
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
  • White Privilege and Black Rights: the Inustice of U.S. Police Racial Profiling and Homicide
  • White Violence and Black Response: from Reconstruction to Montgomery
  • Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to be Blck Now
  • Why We Can't Wait

Media

  • American Experience: Freedom Riders
  • Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
  • Citizen King
  • Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: an Amazing Grace
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: a Historical Perspective
  • Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965
  • Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth
  • How I Got Over
  • Love and Solidarity
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday
  • Mountains that Take Wing
  • Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights
  • Same Difference, The
  • Selma