Books You Should Read This MLK Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a visionary man, a caring pastor, a brilliant strategist, and an amazing public speaker. His work in the Civil Rights Movement inspired – and continues to inspire – generations in the struggle against racism. So why not spend a little time this Martin Luther King Day to read more about African American history and the Civil Rights cause?

Here are a few of our recommendations:

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee


The Help – Kathryn Stockett

the help

George Washington Carver: A Biography – Gary R. Kremer

george washington carver

Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands – Susan Carol McCarthy

lay that trumpet in our hands

Mississippi Trial, 1955 – Chris Crowe

mississippi trial 1955

Walking With the Wind – John Lewis (with Michael d’Orso)

walking with the wind

The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X (with Alex Haley)


Roots – Alex Haley


A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – ed. Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard

a call to conscience

Beloved – Toni Morrison


Invisible Man – Ralph Elison


The Color Purple – Alice Walker

the color purple

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

their eyes were watching god

Native Son – Richard Wright

native son

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

i know why the caged bird sings

The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. DuBois


Go Tell It On the Mountain – James Baldwin

go tell it on the mountain

A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry


Why We Can’t Wait – Martin Luther King, Jr.

why we can't wait

Coming of Age in Mississippi – Anne Moody

coming of age in mississippi

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

autobiography of martin luther king jr

Rosa Parks: My Story – Rosa Parks

rosa parks my story

Through My Eyes – Ruby Bridges

through my eyes

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor

roll of thunder hear my cry