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Martin Luther King

Activist, Religion (15-Jan-1929 — 4-Apr-1968)


Lewis V. Baldwin. There is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr. Fortress Press. 1991. 348pp.

Taylor Branch. America in the King Years. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1988, 1998, 2006. (3 vols.) 1064pp. + 746pp. + 1039pp. Volume I: Parting the Waters, 1954-63. Volume II: Pillar of Fire, 1963-65. Volume III: At Canaan's Edge, 1965-68.

Stewart Burns. To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Sacred Mission to Save America: 1955-1968. San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco. 2004. 502pp.

Kenneth B. Clark. The Negro Protest: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Beacon Press. 1963. 56pp.

Michael Eric Dyson. I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.. New York: Free Press. 2000. 404pp.

Marshall Frady. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life. New York: Penguin Group. 2006. 216pp.

David J. Garrow. The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From "Solo" to Memphis. W. W. Norton. 1981. 320pp.

David J. Garrow. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: William Morrow. 1986. 800pp.

Drew D. Hansen. The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation. New York, NY: HarperTrade. 2003. 293pp.

David L. Lewis. King: A Critical Biography. Praeger Publishers. 1970.

Philip H. Melanson. The Martin Luther King Assassination: New Revelations on the Conspiracy and Cover-up, 1968-1991. New York: Shapolsky. 1991. 232pp.

Stephen B. Oates. Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.. New York: Harper & Row. 1982. 560pp.

William F. Pepper. Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. 1995. 537pp.

James Earl Ray. Who Killed Martin Luther King? The True Story by the Convicted Assassin. Markham, Ontario, Canada: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited. 1993. 285pp.

L. D. Reddick. Crusader Without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.. New York: Harper and Brothers. 1959.

Jonathan Rieder. Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation. New York: Bloomsbury. 2013. 218pp.


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  5. Wikipedia [link]

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  7. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  8. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.645)

  9. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.393)

  10. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.375)

  11. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.827)

  12. Webster's American Biographies (p.586)

  13. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.399)

  14. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.557)

  15. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.402)

  16. 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia (pp.194-200)

  17. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.279)

  18. Twentieth Century Dictionary of Christian Biography (p.204)

  19. Who's Who in Modern History, 1860-1980 (p.187)

  20. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.3, p.33)

  21. Biographical Dictionary of the Left (vol.1, p.400)

  22. Obituaries from the Times 1961-1970 (p.444)

  23. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ideas (p.292)

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