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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 into a middle-class black family in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a degree from Morehouse College. While there his early concerns for social justice for African Americans were deepened by reading Henry David Thoreau's essay "Civil Disobedience." He enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary and there became acquainted with the Social Gospel movement and the works of its chief spokesman, Walter Rauschenbusch. Mohandas Gandhi's practice of nonviolent resistance (ahimsaahimsa) later became a tactic for transforming love into social change. After seminary, he postponed his ministry vocation by first earning a doctorate at Boston University School of Theology. There he discovered the works of Reinhold Niebuhr and was especially struck by Niebuhr's insistence that the powerless must somehow gain power if they are to achieve what is theirs by right. In the Montgomery bus boycott, it was by economic clout that African Americans broke down the walls separating the races, for without African American riders, the city's transportation system nearly collapsed. The bus boycott took place in 1954, the year King and his bride, Coretta Scott, went to Montgomery, where he had been called to serve as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Following the boycott, he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to coordinate civil rights organizations. Working through African American churches, activists led demonstrations all over the South and drew attention, through television and newspaper reports, to the fact that nonviolent demonstrations by blacks were being suppressed violently by white police and state troopers. The federal government was finally forced to intervene and pass legislation protecting the right of African Americans to vote and desegregating public accommodations. For his nonviolent activism, King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. While organizing a "poor people's campaign" to persuade Congress to take action against poverty, King accepted an invitation to visit Memphis, Tennessee, where sanitation workers were on strike. There, on April 4, 1968, he was gunned down while standing on the balcony of his hotel. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Why We Can't Wait… (more)
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the son of Reverend Martin Luther King; the father (Rev. King) was the author of Daddy King: An Autobiography (1980). Please preserve the distinction between these authors.

Why We Can't Wait 1,432 copies, 7 reviews
Strength to Love 1,185 copies, 14 reviews
I Have a Dream (Book & CD) 586 copies, 51 reviews
Letter from Birmingham Jail 524 copies, 19 reviews
I Have a Dream 391 copies, 8 reviews
I Have A Dream 283 copies, 3 reviews
The Radical King 211 copies, 26 reviews
The Measure of a Man 187 copies, 6 reviews
The Trumpet of Conscience 162 copies, 3 reviews
A Gift of Love 76 copies
All Labor Has Dignity (Author) 64 copies, 1 review
I Have a Dream 34 copies
In a Single Garment of Destiny 32 copies, 1 review
I've been to the mountaintop 15 copies, 1 review
I Have a Dream 11 copies, 1 review
The Other America - A Speech from The Radical King (Author, some editions) 10 copies, 1 review
King for Kids 3 copies
Nobel lecture 2 copies
Selma 1 copy
Freiheit 1 copy
The Best American Essays of the Century (Contributor) 754 copies, 4 reviews
Literature: The Human Experience (Contributor) 334 copies
The Portable Sixties Reader (Contributor) 317 copies, 2 reviews
Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith (Contributor) 137 copies, 2 reviews
Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept (Tribute to Dr. Du Bois, some editions) 126 copies
American Heritage: A Reader (Contributor) 75 copies
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the son of Reverend Martin Luther King; the father (Rev. King) was the author of Daddy King: An Autobiography (1980). Please preserve the distinction between these authors.

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