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5 best books by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King (1929-1968)
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One of the most inspirational civil rights leaders of modern times, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) would have celebrated his 71st birthday on Friday. Only 40 when he died, Dr. King still has left behind an impressive body of work, including collections of his most inspirational speeches.

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A collection of Dr. King's writings, speeches, and interviews, this book touches on Dr. King's thoughts on a variety of topics, including nonviolence, integration, and social change.

Strength to Love

The essays in this collection were written during the Civil Rights years, in some cases while in jail. Coretta Scott King has said about this book, "If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love."

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson organized thousands of King's sermons, speeches, letters and essays into an autobiography.

Why We Can't Wait

Dr. King looked at the history of the civil rights movement and the Birmingham campaign, as well as struggle still ahead to achieve true equality.

The Measure of a Man

Dr. King spoke frequently about his social and political philosophy. In this volume, he wrote in more detail about the theological roots of his beliefs, and the essential nature of nonviolent activism.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

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