Top 5 Reads for MLK Day


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a social and political icon whose life and principles have affected everyone in this country. His words led a movement so large as to capture the attention of the entire United States. His life has inspired countless movies, docu-series, books, events, and so much more have been shared with us. Most importantly, we share his views for wanting a better life for our children.

His dreams, words, movements were intended for more love and less hate.

In this post, I have rounded up the top 5 reads for MLK Day. The books I have chosen are written about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the long-lasting effects the Civil Rights Movement.

Top 5 Reads for MLK Day

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange

This book tells the story of life during segregation in the American South and how two people’s vision sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Written from the perspective of Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s wife, this book tells of life as Dr. King’s partner. How does that saying go, “behind every great man, is a great woman?”

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III

Written from the perspective of a young boy who didn’t understand segregation or what his father’s job, this book will have you in tears. As a parent, how do we tell our children, “you cannot go to that place to eat, drink water, play, or swim.” Children are so innocent to the darkness in the world. 

Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Eleanora E, Tate

Told from the viewpoint of a young child learning about Dr. King in school, this book highlights the fact that we sometimes take our heritage for granted. It is wonderful to learn about your heritage and to be proud of who you are. 

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford

This book is from a young student’s perspective as well. This book teaches kids to be “the good” in the world.

I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Walter Dean Myers

Set during the Civil Rights Movement, this book tells the story of Dr.King’s life and teaches readers how to overcome adversity.

I encourage you to read at least one of these books with your child(ren) or even by yourself. Each of these books has a great message for all of us. We can all show a little more love and compassion during these times.

If your child(ren) are older or perhaps you would like some additional reading material for yourself, I suggest the graphic novel series March by U.S. Representative John Lewis. This series is not for the faint of heart. It gets pretty graphic with the situations Freedom Fighters faced while fighting for injustice.

Happy reading and Happy MLK Day!

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