Martin Luther King Jr

Books by Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr, born Michael King Jr (1929-1968), was an American minister and civil rights activist. He was assassinated in 1968. Below you’ll see all the books he authored (and one speech) that have been recommended on Five Books.

For books about King, Professor Lerone Martin recommends Bearing the Cross (1986) in his interview on the best books on the civil rights era. “This book is a Pulitzer Prize winner. It became a standard narrative of King’s life and the life of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It’s an amazing book.” More recently Jonathan Eig’s biography, King: A Life (2023) also won the Pulitzer Prize for biography, drawing on new information, especially about King’s father.

Interviews where books by Martin Luther King Jr were recommended

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