Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 Reading List

January 13th 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential leader in the American civil rights movement. His views on peace and social justice were the foundations for peaceful protests, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington. He leaves behind an inspiring legacy of progressing toward social change in our society. As we reflect on the importance of Martin Luther King Jr., here are resources that give readers insights into his life and perspectives on nonviolence:

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 by Taylor Branch 

Extremist for Love: Martin Luther King Jr., Man of Ideas and Nonviolent Social Action by Rufus Burrow

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Theology of Resistance by Rufus Burrow 

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America by Michael Eric Dyson

From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice by Thomas F. Jackson 

Becoming King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of a National Leader by Troy Jackson 

"Making a Way Out of No Way": Martin Luther King's Sermonic Proverbial Rhetoric by Wolfgang Mieder 

Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation by Jonathan Rieder 

If It Takes All Summer: Martin Luther King, the KKK, and States' Rights in St. Augustine, 1964 by Dan R. Warren

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