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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.


April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson

At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch

The autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by edited by Clayborne Carson

Behind the dream: the making of the speech that transformed a nation by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly

The dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the speech that inspired a nation by Drew D. Hansen

Going down Jericho Road: the Memphis strike, Martin Luther King's last campaign by Michael K. Honey

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marshall Frady

Parting the waters: America in the King years, 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch

Pillar of fire: America in the King years, 1963-65 by Taylor Branch

The preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the word that moved America by Richard Lischer

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.: his life and crusade in pictures by Charles Johnson & Bob Adelman


Citizen King [videodisc] by a ROJA Productions film for American experience; in association with the BBC and WGBH Boston

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [videodisc]: a historical perspective by producer, Melissa Wegman; written and directed by Thomas Friedman

King [videodisc]: go beyond the dream to discover the man

A ripple of hope [videodisc] by Covenant Productions

We shall not be moved [videodisc] by FamilyNet Television; Faith and Value Media; producer, writer, director, Bernie Hargis