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Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., born Atlanta, Georgia, 1929…

There have been hundreds of books about MLK published in recent decades. Here are some of the best of them.

We have divided this list into 4 parts:

[ Books by MLK ]  [ Books About MLK ]
[ Books about MLK’s Faith ]  [ Kids’ Books about MLK ]

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Martin Luther King Jr

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday today…

Watch these brief clips of Dr. King speaking, which show a much fuller picture than the standard depiction of him as a leader in the civil rights movement.

If you benefit from these videos, I recommend checking out this audio collection of King’s sermons and speeches:

Martin Luther King: The Essential Box Set:
Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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January 15 marks the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Mainstream American culture tends to have a narrow view of King’s work, limited primarily to his leadership in the Civil Rights movement. However, King’s vision was rooted in the desire for a beloved community in which not only were all people equal, but in which all violence, poverty and injustice were abolished — a vision that flowed from King’s deep faith in the life and teachings of Jesus.  In the following slideshow, we introduce the breadth of King’s prophetic faith, by means of 15 memorable quotes.

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[ The Essential Box Set of King’s Speeches and Sermons ]

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Which of these quotes from Martin Luther King
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Today is the birthday of poet Nikki Giovanni…

A poem from

The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni

Hardback: Wm. Morrow, 1996
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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away 2 great books about MLK:

  • To The Mountaintop by Stewart Burns.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse

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I, too, sing America.
Langston Hughes

[ In remembrance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday ]

Langston Hughes [1902-1967] was one of the prominent American poets of the Harlem Renaissance.

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

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A Brief Review of

No Turning Back:
My Summer with Daddy King
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Gurdon Brewster.
New Paperback Edition:
Orbis Books, 2011.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Josh Hale.

My copy of No Turning Back was given to me by my father for my birthday before I was ordained a United Methodist elder. I devoured it that spring and summer, often rereading particular passages or anecdotes that Gurdon Brewster shared of the summer during his seminary experience which he spent interning for (and living with) Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. As a young pastor, I identified with much of Brewster’s awkwardness as he began ministering in a radically different context than his own white, Eastern seaboard, Episcopal upbringing, and the halting starts of becoming a pastoral caregiver, or a preacher, or (most often) a community member. And my own origins in the suburban South might as well have been the North as far as my racial awareness was concerned; that, too, began changing in my undergraduate and theological education.

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“The Present Crisis”
James Russell Lowell

A Poem for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

[Editor’s Note:  John Howard Yoder mentions this poem in THE WAR OF THE LAMB (reviewed above) as significant in the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. ]



WHEN a deed is done for Freedom, through the broad earth’s aching breast
Runs a thrill of joy prophetic, trembling on from east to west,
And the slave, where’er he cowers, feels the soul within him climb
To the awful verge of manhood, as the energy sublime
Of a century bursts full-blossomed on the thorny stem of Time.

Through the walls of hut and palace shoots the instantaneous throe,
When the travail of the Ages wrings earth’s systems to and fro;
At the birth of each new Era, with a recognizing start,
Nation wildly looks at a nation, standing with mute lips apart,
And glad Truth’s yet mightier man-child leaps beneath the Future’s heart.

So the Evil’s triumph sendeth, with a terror and a chill,
Under continent to continent, the sense of coming ill,
And the slave, where’er he cowers, feels his sympathies with God
In hot tear-drops ebbing earthward, to be drunk up by the sod,
Till a corpse crawls round unburied, delving in the nobler clod.

For mankind are one in spirit, and an instinct bears along,
Round the earth’s electric circle, the swift flash of right or wrong;
Whether conscious or unconscious, yet Humanity’s vast frame
Through its ocean-sundered fibres feels the gush of joy or shame;-
In the gain or loss of one race all the rest have equal claim.

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Hearing the Words of A Prophet

A Review of
Martin Luther King, Jr.:
The Essential Box Set.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

[ Listen to clips from this box set.]


Martin Luther King, Jr.:
The Essential Box Set.

15 Cd’s: Hachette Audio,  2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon – Martin Luther King – Essential Box Set ]

Martin Luther King -Essential Box SetMartin Luther King, Jr. was one of, if not the finest American orator, of the twentieth century.  Following in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass and many other renowned Black orators, King spoke powerfully for the causes of freedom and justice, whether in pulpit of his home church, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama or speaking as the voice of the Civil Rights movement in Washington, D.C. and throughout the South.  And now thanks to Hachette Audio, we have a high-quality collection of twenty-three of King’s finest sermons and speeches: Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Essential Box Set.  The narrators who introduce these talks by Martin Luther King emphasize that he was, first and foremost, a preacher, and that his primary identity was located in the Church (see also the book excerpt on King below).  Even when speaking to broader audiences, he spoke the prophetic words of a preacher, connecting with his audiences on shared virtues such as freedom, equality and justice.  It has been important for me, when thinking of Dr. King, not only to see the words that he spoke on the printed page (or computer screen) but also to hear his voice speaking the words, and for many years now, I have been collecting vintage LP’s with recordings of King’s speeches and sermons.  While I certainly will not be getting rid of my vinyl recordings any time soon, I am delighted to have recordings of the same talks (and more) in a cleaner, more durable format and one that can more easily be shared with our sons and daughter as well as others.

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Excerpt from the book:

Ring Out Freedom!:
The Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and
the Making of the Civil Rights Movement.

Fredrik Sunnemark.

Paperback: Indiana Univ. Press, 2003.
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Ring Out Freedom (Excerpt)