Books

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.

Walter Dean Myers

The first collection of Dr. King's essential writing for high school students and young people.

Clayborne Carson

The Essential Martin Luther King, Jr., is the ultimate collection Dr. King's most inspirational and transformative speeches and sermons, accessibly available for the first time as an ebook.

Dr. Lewis Baldwin

"In a Single Garment of Destiny": A Global Vision of Justice is an unprecedented and timely collection that captures the global vision of Dr. King—in his own words.

A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings is the classic collection of sixteen sermons preached and compiled by Dr. King.

Michael Honey

People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse of our financial system, King’s prophetic writings and speeches underscore King’s relevance for today.

Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority of these lectures to unions in the 1960s and addresses during his Poor People’s Campaign will be new to most readers. They help us imagine King anew: as a human rights leader whose commitment to economic justice was a crucial part of his civil rights agenda.

Clayborne Carson

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. In his first book, King delineates racial conditions in Montgomery before, during, and after the bus boycott which lasted from December 15, 1955, until December 21, 1956. He discusses the origin and significance of the boycott; the roles that residents, civic and church leaders, and community organizations played in organizing and sustaining the movement; and the reactions of white Montgomery officials and residents.

Dr. Lewis Baldwin

“Thou, Dear God” is the first and only collection of prayers by Dr. King. Arranged thematically for all seasons of life—including prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, and times of adversity and trial—each section is introduced by minister and scholar Lewis V. Baldwin.

Marian Wright Edelman

In November and December 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered five lectures for the renowned Massey Lecture Series of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The collection was immediately released as a book under the title Conscience for Change, but after King’s assassination in 1968, the book was republished as The Trumpet of Conscience. The collection sums up his long-term vision of nonviolence as a path to world peace and is his final testament on racism, poverty, and war.

Vincent Harding

In this prophetic work--his final book--King looks at the state of American race relations and the movement after a decade of U.S. civil rights struggles. He lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind--for the first time--has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

Dorothy Cotton

Often applauded as King’s most incisive and eloquent book, Why We Can’t Wait recounts the Birmingham campaign in vivid detail, while underscoring why 1963 was such a crucial year for the civil rights movement. King examines the history of the civil rights struggle and the tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality.