Martin Luther King Jr.: 11 books, documentaries and audiobooks for the King

Learn about Martin Luther King Jr. with a dozen different books, documentaries and audiobooks.

Learn about Martin Luther King Jr. with a dozen different books, documentaries and audiobooks.

We celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. today; but, frankly, any day is a good one to learn about the man.

We’ve compiled a list of 11 books, documentaries, and audiobooks about King—all of which are free to borrow, watch, or stream with your Mentor Public Library card.

1. The King Years by Taylor Branch

Branch wrote an exhaustive and definitive trio of King biographies, Parting the WatersPillar of Fire, and At Canaan’s EdgeThe King Years condenses the trilogy to its highlights.

2. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Essential Set

The man in his own words. Here all of King’s landmark speeches—more than 15 hours’ worth—including”I Have a Dream,” “Give Us the Ballot,” “A Call to Conscience.” You start streaming them right now via Hoopla.

3. The Concise King

If 15 hours sounds overwhelming, listen to the The Concise Kingthree hours of King’s best-known speeches and sermons.

4. I Have a Dream

King’s most famous speech, illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winner Kadir Nelson. This picture book is a lovely way to introduce King’s ideals to children. You can borrow the ebook now via OverDrive.

5. Strength to Love

Strength to Love compiles 15 of King’s sermons and highlights how his faith and The Bible informed his politics.

6. Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: His Life and Crusade in Pictures by Charles Johnson and Bob Adelman

The photographers of Life magazine capture King in public and candid moments during his journeys to Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma, and more.

7. King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis

King uses archival footage to follow King from 1955 to 1968. See film of King’s speeches, protests, and arrests, interspersed with interactions from his supporters and opponents. You can watch the documentary right now on Hoopla.

8. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.

King wrote a lotspeeches, sermons, letters, and so forthbut he never deliberately scribed an autobiography. So what you have here, instead, are King’s myriad writings edited by Clayborne Carson to tell the story of his life in his own words.

9. A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David Adler

We have dozens of biographies about King in our collection, both for kids and adults. This brief illustrated book is one of the best introductions for children.

10. A Call to Conscience

A Call to Conscience collects King’s best and best-known speeches in a single book.

11. The Best of the Speeches

Take the words of Martin Luther King Jr. with you anywhere. This album, which you can download or stream for free from Freegal, includes famous speeches like “The American Dream,” “The Dilemma and the Challenge,” and “We Shall Overcome.”


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