As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s extraordinary life and legacy today, lets remember that while being an enlightened Baptist minister, mesmerizing speaker, tireless activist, and devoted husband and father, he was also the distinguished author of 6 incredible books.
King’s powerful message of necessary 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 printings. Easily search later or other formats of these same titles here.)
These are the 6 original titles that King wrote during his lifetime. There have been many more collections of his works and biographies posthumously published.
King’s first book Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story is a riveting account of a history very much in the making as it was being written, one that would forever change the lives of so many Americans, especially in the deep south. Within its pages one can really begin to feel the sense of time and place as it was all unfolding. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s ever been even remotely curious about the beginnings of a civil rights movement that was about to sweep through the turbulent 60’s and well beyond.
That being said, any of these titles are great additions to a personal library or collection.