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Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but as in so many cities and towns throughout the country, his impact on Los Angeles was strong and far-reaching. King visited L.A. on numerous occasions to speak about equal rights and encourage voter participation, sometimes under tense, and potentially life-threatening circumstances. When he visited the city, thousands would turn out to hear this great orator and Nobel Peace Prize winner. King was comfortable speaking anywhere and seems to have welcomed every opportunity to get his message out.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

  • March: Book One

    March: Book One

    Lewis, John
  • 1968: The Year That Rocked the World

    1968: The Year That Rocked the World

    Kurlansky, Mark
  • 1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change

    1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change

  • A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • A Gift of Love: Sermons From Strength To Love and Other Preachings

    A Gift of Love: Sermons From Strength To Love and Other Preachings

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America

    An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America

    Young, Andrew
  • Changing Laws: Politics of the Civil Rights Era

    Changing Laws: Politics of the Civil Rights Era

    Cummings, Judy Dodge
  • Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

    Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

    Smiley, Tavis
  • Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965

    Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965

    Williams, Juan
  • Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights

    Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights

    Levingston, Steven
  • King's Dream

    King's Dream

    Sundquist, Eric J.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership: Inspiration & Wisdom for Challenging Times

    Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership: Inspiration & Wisdom for Challenging Times

    Phillips, Donald T.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: Apostle of Militant Nonviolence

    Martin Luther King Jr.: Apostle of Militant Nonviolence

    Colaiaco, James A.
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63

    Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63

    Branch, Taylor
  • Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

    Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • The 1960s

    The 1960s

  • The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sokol, Jason
  • The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

    The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

    Branch, Taylor
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of JoAnn Gibson Robinson

    The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of JoAnn Gibson Robinson

    Robinson, Jo Ann Gibson
  • The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change

    The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change

    Morris, Aldon D.
  • The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

    The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

    Margolick, David
  • The Shattering: America in the 1960s

    The Shattering: America in the 1960s

    Boyle, Kevin
  • The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

    Joseph, Peniel E.
  • To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

    To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

    Honey, Michael K.
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

    Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

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

    Why We Can’t Wait

    King, Martin Luther Jr.

Films and Speeches

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Historical Perspective: An Authorized Biography of a Civil Rights Hero

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Historical Perspective: An Authorized Biography of a Civil Rights Hero

  • Martin Luther King Jr.: Been To The Mountaintop

    Martin Luther King Jr.: Been To The Mountaintop

  • Martin Luther King Jr.: I Have A Dream

    Martin Luther King Jr.: I Have A Dream

  • Martin Luther King Jr.: We Shall Overcome

    Martin Luther King Jr.: We Shall Overcome

  • Martin Luther King: Death in Memphis

    Martin Luther King: Death in Memphis

Kids

  • Child of the Civil Rights Movement

    Child of the Civil Rights Movement

    Shelton, Paula Young
  • I Have a Dream

    I Have a Dream

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • A Is for Activist

    A Is for Activist

    Nagara, Innosanto
  • A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

    A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

    Wittenstein, Barry
  • Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You

    Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You

    Weatherford, Carole Boston
  • Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the March on Washington

    Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the March on Washington

    Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
  • Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

    Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

    Bandy, Michael S.
  • I Am Martin Luther King Jr.

    I Am Martin Luther King Jr.

    Meltzer, Brad
  • Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

    Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

    Duncan, Alice Faye
  • My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    King, Martin Luther III
  • My Dream of Martin Luther King

    My Dream of Martin Luther King

    Ringgold, Faith
  • My Uncle Martin’s Words for America: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference

    My Uncle Martin’s Words for America: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference

    Watkins, Angela Farris
  • We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration From Civil Rights Leaders

    We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration From Civil Rights Leaders

Niños

  • Celebra el día de Martin Luther King Jr. con la clase de la Sra. Park

    Celebra el día de Martin Luther King Jr. con la clase de la Sra. Park

    Ada, Alma Flor
  • Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Bailey, R. J.
  • Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Rissman, Rebecca
  • Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Dash, Meredith
  • El Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

    El Día de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Ansary, Mir Tamim
  • El día de Martin Luther King Jr.: honramos a un hombre de paz

    El día de Martin Luther King Jr.: honramos a un hombre de paz

    Gnojewski, Carol
  • Feliz cumpleaños, Martin Luther King

    Feliz cumpleaños, Martin Luther King

    Marzollo, Jean
  • Lee sobre Martin Luther King Jr./Read about Martin Luther King Jr.

    Lee sobre Martin Luther King Jr./Read about Martin Luther King Jr.

    Feinstein, Stephen

    Bilingual Spanish/English

  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Gosman, Gillian
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Natalicio de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Natalicio de Martin Luther King Jr.

    Dayton, Connor

    Bilingual Spanish/English

  • Martin Luther King Jr.: una vida de determinación

    Martin Luther King Jr.: una vida de determinación

    Rivera, Sheila
  • Martin Luther King: la vida por un sueno

    Martin Luther King: la vida por un sueno

    Rodriguez Illan, Maria Jesus
  • Martin Luther King: un corazón libre

    Martin Luther King: un corazón libre

    Roig, Jose Luis
  • Un libro ilustrado sobre Martin Luther King, hijo

    Un libro ilustrado sobre Martin Luther King, hijo

    Adler, David A.
  • ¿Quién fue Martin Luther King Jr.?

    ¿Quién fue Martin Luther King Jr.?

    Bader, Bonnie

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