“With every passing year, we have a greater understanding of the magnitude of Dr. King's achievements and the historic place he occupies in the pantheon of American heroes.”

Tom Brokaw

"The Burning Truth in the South": MLK on Peaceful Student Protests

In his speech “The Burning Truth in the South”, Martin Luther King, Jr. says the appeal of nonviolence has many facets. Though he wrote this speech half a century ago, we have been watching the facets of nonviolence at work again, this time against police brutality and racial injustice in Baltimore. (More information...)

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Dr. Cornel West

These days, few people appreciate how truly radical Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was. Arranged thematically in four parts, The Radical King includes twenty-one selections, curated and introduced by Cornel West, that illustrate King’s revolutionary Christian vision as a democratic socialist, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism.

The King Legacy series website is maintained by Beacon Press.