Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

5 Must-Read Books about Martin Luther King Jr

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

5 Must-Read Books about Martin Luther King Jr

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What better way to honor Dr. King than to learn more about his life and legacy?

What better way to honor Dr. King than to learn more about his life and legacy?

#5 The King trilogy, by Taylor Branch

Branch's Pulitzer-prize winning trilogy consists of "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963" (Simon and Schuster, 1088 pp.), "Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65" (Simon and Schuster, 768 pp.), and "At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68" (Simon and Schuster, 1056 pp.). Readers agree that this all-encompassing body of work isn't just a biography of a great man, but a portrait of America.

#4 Strength to Love, by Martin Luther King Jr.

"Strength to Love" by Martin Luther King Jr. (Fortress Press, 192 pp.) is a collection of 15 inspiring sermons throughout which Dr. King draws on scripture in order to illuminate the road to social justice.

#3 Bearing the Cross, by David Garrow

"Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference" by David Garrow (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 800 pp. …

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