As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s extraordinary life and legacy today, lets remember that while being an enlightened minister, mesmerizing speaker, tireless activist, and devoted husband and father, he was also the distinguished author of 6 books.
He was a remarkable human being on every level, and his powerful message of real positive change through non violence and peaceful protest live on through the corridors of time through his published works.
One could certainly make a convincing argument that his writings and published speeches have never been more relevant since the late 50’s and 60’s as they are at this very moment in time.
Let’s take a quick look at those works here: (note, for the convenience of collector’s the following links are directed toward First Edition, Hardcover formats. Easily search later or other formats of these same titles here.)
These are the original titles that King wrote during his lifetime. There have been many more collections of his works and biographies published since his death.
King’s first book Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story has always been, and still is, my personal favorite. It is the story of a history very much in the making as he wrote it, one that would forever change the country, and the lives of so many Americans. Reading its pages you can really begin to feel the sense of that time and place almost as if you were there as it was all unfolding. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s never read it.
That being said, any of these books are great additions to a personal library or collection.