7 Reads To Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

These books about the struggle for racial equality and the history of the American Civil Rights movement will serve as a reminder of MLK Jr.'s life's work and activism.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

In recent years, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been celebrated by using the holiday as a day of service. We wholeheartedly agree in giving back to your community, but if you’d like to be reminded of everything Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his life working towards, spend part of your day with one of these thought-provoking and profoundly moving reads about the history of the Civil Rights Movement, or the racial turbulence that led up to it. Reminding ourselves of the historical significance behind this moment in our country’s shared past is incredibly important; after all, as Dr. King said: “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”


Bookshelf curated by Abbe Wright.

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Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.