The Words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year in January, we celebrate and reflect upon the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and how he influenced our country’s culture and values. His steadfast perseverance to stand up for what is right and the integrity to maintain an adamantly non-violent stance feel especially poignant this year, as we live through other significant moments in history that are changing us in ways that we don’t yet know. 

Hear his words, in his voice by streaming a recording of the “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Other ways to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the library are:


The King Center is offering a free Beloved Community Global Summit through their website. It features keynote sessions with Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center and Bryan Stevenson, Founder & Executive Director Equal Justice Initiative.


Using your JJML library card, you can stream the entire “I Have A Dream Speech” or other historical and biographical videos through Kanopy.

I have a Dream, Compilation of speeches by Soundworks

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: A Historical Perspective, Authorized Biography by Xenon pictures

In Remembrance of Martin, a PBS documentary 

King: A Filmed Record Part 1 and Part 2, Documentary by Kino Lorber

Children’s video: Martin’s Big Words, by Weston Woods


Martin Luther King Jr.: Voice for Equality!, by James Buckley:
Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?, by Bonnie Bader:
book, e-book, e-audiobook 
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation, by Barry Wittenstein:
My Uncle Martin’s Words for America: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Tells How he Made a Difference, by Angela Farris Watkins
book, ebook

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone:  
book, ebook
March, by John Lewis (series of 3)
Book OneBook Two,  Book Three
Chasing King’s Killer, by James L. Swanson
book, e-audiobook
Stamped, by Jason Reynolds
book, ebook, e-audiobook
A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King Jr.
book, ebook

At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68, by Taylor Branch
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963, by Taylor Branch
Martin Luther King, Jr.-To the Mountaintop, by Wm. Roger Witherspoon
All Labor Has Dignity, by Martin Luther King, Jr
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr, edited by Clayborne Carson
Martin Luther King, Jr: A Life, by Marshall Frady
The Seminarian: Martin Luther King, Jr. Comes of Age, by Patrick Parr
Where Do We Go From Here, by Martin Luther King, Jr
Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, by David Ritz


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