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16 Books About MLK That Reveal the Man Behind the Civil Rights Icon

Over 90 years after his birth, we look back on King's legacy with these vital reads.

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MLK: An American Legacy

MLK: An American Legacy

By David J. Garrow

The Promise and the Dream

The Promise and the Dream

By David Margolick

Judgment Days

Judgment Days

By Nick Kotz

Killing the Dream

Killing the Dream

By Gerald Posner

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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

By Taylor Branch

books about martin luther king jr

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

By Taylor Branch

Becoming King

Becoming King

By Troy Jackson

King's Dream

King's Dream

By Eric J. Sundquist

The Speech

The Speech

By Gary Younge

books about martin luther king jr

Black Theology & Black Power

By James H. Cone

books about martin luther king jr

Waking From the Dream

By David L. Chappell

books about martin luther king jr

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

By Coretta Scott King

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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Martin Luther King Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson

MLK books

Why We Can't Wait

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

books about martin luther king jr

March: Book One

By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

books about martin luther king jr

Let the Trumpet Sound

By Stephen B. Oates