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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
0446676500
January 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Celebrated Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson is the director and editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project; with thousands of King's essays, notes, letters, speeches, and sermons at his disposal, Carson has organized King's writings into a posthumous autobiography. In an early student essay, King prophetically penned: "We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance.... We cannot have a nation orderly and sound with one group so ground down and thwarted that it is almost forced into unsocial attitudes and crime." Such statements, made throughout King's career, are skillfully woven together into a coherent narrative of the quest for social justice. The autobiography delves, for example, into the philosophical training King received at Morehouse College, Crozer Theological...


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Roger Bruns
0313336865
June 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
There has been recent controversy in the African American community about youth and their lack of appreciation for the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This stellar biography is a superb introduction to the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. The story and historical context will be eye-opening for students and a good refresher for others who are too young to have remembered the events. In a gripping narrative style, the biography traces the young Martin, the son and grandson of formidable preachers, to his calling as a minister too, but one who would take on the entrenched racism of the South, and North, through a nonviolent movement that changed the course of American history.

About the Author
ROGER BRUNS is an independent scholar and...


A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
0060646918
December 1990
Paperback
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-- The Kansas City Star
"The most powerful and enduring words of the man who touched the conscience of the nation and the world."

-- The New York Times Book Review
"Here, in [King's] own words, are the philosophy and strategy of nonviolent protest . . . King's persuasiveness comes through again and again."

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Martin Luther King
Harry Harmer
0753106434
Jan 2000
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From AudioFile
In this short, well-rounded biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., author Harry Harmer presents not just a portrait of the great leader, but historical perspective on the Civil Rights movement of the sixties. Garrick Hagon's delivery alternates between that of a sportscaster and a college professor, an interestingly appropriate approach for this recorded snapshot of a great man in modern history. Hagon is at his best quoting King's impassioned speeches; while he does not attempt to mimic the man, he does bring all of his feelings and emotions forward, resulting in an outstanding performance. Harmer delicately balances King's good deeds with his less than stellar personal life while Hagon lights up the whole work. H.L.S. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine


Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Doreen Rappaport
0786807148
October 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King's own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world's greatest civil rights leaders. From King's youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to "get big words, too," to his death at a garbage workers' strike ("On his second day there, he was shot. He died."), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence.

Acclaimed artist Bryan Collier depicts his subject with stunning watercolor and collage illustrations, balancing glorious recreations of stained glass windows with some of the more somber images of peace marchers and the famous bus that pitched Rosa Parks into the civil rights movement. A brief chronology and bibliography provide additional...



A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.
David A. Adler
0823408477
June 1991
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As with Adler's previous books in this series, the picture-book format serves as a highly effective, empathetic way to introduce the life and legacy of important Americans to young children. Here the highlights of King's life are presented with an emphasis on his childhood and family. Children will immediately relate to his painful early experiences of racism and understand the genesis of his lifelong struggle for racial equality. The book portrays the hatred King endured, the horror of his assassination and the intense power of his message. A single-page list of important dates closes the book. Its most striking aspect is Casilla's evocative watercolor paintings, which expand the text while celebrating the man. Ages 4-9. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the...


Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (Abingdon Classics Series)
Roland Herbert Bainton
0687168953
December 1990
Paperback
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Young Man with a Dream (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)
Dharathula H. Millender
0020420102
October 1986
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily read by children of eight and up -- today's youngster is swept right into history.

Card catalog description
A biography, emphasizing the early years, of the civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights.


A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
0446523461
April 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review Audiobook Reviews
These 11 historic sermons--some complete recordings of entire addresses, others reconstructed from various church services--make plain why Martin Luther King Jr. considered his "first calling and greatest commitment" to be a preacher of the gospel. As an orator he is second to none, drawing his audience in with an urgency that resonates through every soaring cadence of his familiar, powerful voice. Using insights from psychology, philosophy, and the Bible, he appeals to the heads as well as the hearts of his congregations, explaining that personal and social change can only be effected by adopting a morality of love in service of God and humankind. While King's concern for social justice is a common theme throughout, each sermon is a jewel of literary artistry, as it presents a simple problem, examines its...


At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68
Taylor Branch
068485712X
January 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
One of the greatest of American stories has found its great chronicler in Taylor Branch. Beginning with Parting the Waters in 1988, followed 10 years later by Pillar of Fire, and closing now with At Canaan's Edge, Branch has given the short life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the nonviolent revolution he led the epic treatment they deserve. The three books of Branch's America in the King Years trilogy are lyrical and dramatic, social history as much as biography, woven from the ever more complex strands of King's movement, with portraits of figures like Lyndon Johnson, Bob Moses, J. Edgar Hoover, and Diane Nash as compelling as that of his central character.

King's movement may have been nonviolent, but his times were not, and each of Branch's volumes ends with an assassination: JFK, then Malcolm X,...



My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers
Christine King Farris
0689843887
December 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Farris's stirring memoir of her younger brother "M.L." focuses on a pivotal moment in their childhood in Atlanta. The conversational narrative easily and convincingly draws readers into the daily life of Christine and her two brothers, M.L. and A.D., as they listen to their grandmother's stories, stage pranks and romp in the backyard with two white brothers from across the street. The adults in the King family-Daddy, a minister; Mother Dear, a musician; maternal grandparents (the grandfather is also a minister) and a great-aunt-try to shield the children from the overt racism of the times; the family rarely took streetcars, for example, because of "those laws [segregation], and the indignity that went with them." When the white boys announce one day that they cannot play with M.L. and A.D. because they are...


Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Jean Marzollo
0439782244
December 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This effective collaboration between Pinkney ( Sukey and the Mermaid ; The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural ) and the prolific Marzollo presents a gentle, pared-down version of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Geared to preschoolers, the author's brief narrative outlines those of the leader's civil rights accomplishments that this audience is most likely to understand and appreciate, among them those that enabled African Americans and whites in the South to sit together in buses, drink from the same water fountains and attend the same schools. Marzollo's language is equally accessible: "His dream was that people everywhere would learn to live together without being mean to one another." Meticulously employing scratchboard and oil pastels, Pinkney uses intricate series of fine, white lines to...

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