Remembering the King: MLK Day 2021 Reads

Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luter King Jr. led a nonviolent civil rights movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States.

He also did all he could to make people realize that “all men are created equal.” and to guide a broken nation toward a future where people “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Because of his great work, in 1964 King received the Nobel Peace Prize — the youngest person ever to receive this high honor.

Each year, the United States honors and celebrates King’s life and legacy on the third Monday in January. MLK Day is an official national day of service where citizens are encouraged to volunteer their time to make a positive change in their community.  As the country continues to grapple with racial inequalities and divisiveness, and as we see that much of his dream remains unrealized, King’s struggle for equality, liberty, and justice stays strongly relevant and inspirational.

To celebrate MLK Day 2021, we present some books/ebooks available in the Livingston Library’s collection that honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and the history of the civil rights movement.  

The Library’s newest streaming service Kanopy, accessible with your Library card,  has a great selection of films and documentaries on MLK.

In the voice of MLK:

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-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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