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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 2018

January's exhibit, in honor of his birthday and the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination, features books from the New York State Library’s collection about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The State Library has a wide collection of books on Dr. King, ranging from biographical and autobiographical to books describing programs inspired by the life of Dr. King.

left case, with books showing photos of Martin Luther King with family and at eventsl

The exhibit covers many periods in Dr. King's life and also shows his influence, as one of the key figures in the civil rights movement to end racial segregation, on others.

middle display case, showing more books with photos of King, and a poster from a 1990 event

Selected bibliography of some of the resources on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the New York State Library's collection

  • Bennett, Lerone. What manner of man: a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    NYS Library Call Number: 325.26 Zk5b4a
  • Branch, Taylor. Parting the waters: America in the King years, 1954-63.
    NYS Library Call Number C, 973.0496073 B816 89-4182
  • Burns, Stewart. To the mountaintop: Martin Luther King Jr.'s sacred mission to save America, 1955-1968.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.092 B967 204-4476
  • Burrow, Rufus. God and human dignity: the personalism, theology, and ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 230.61092 B972 207-6242
  • Cone, James H.: Martin & Malcolm & America: a dream or a nightmare.
    NYS Library Call Number: C,973.0496073 C747, 91-18593
  • Davis, Lenwood G. I have a dream; the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.40924 K53, 74-7973
  • Hanigan, James P. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the foundations of nonviolence.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.40924 H239, 89-4197
  • Hansen, Drew D. The dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the speech that inspired a nation.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.092 H249 203-12420
  • Hilliard, David and Lewis Cole. This side of glory.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 973.0496073 H649 94-43603
  • /right case, with more books about ML King.
  • Huie, William Bradford. He slew the dreamer; my search for the truth about James Earl Ray and the murder of Martin Luther King.  
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 325.26 Zk5h8
  • King, Coretta Scott. My life with Martin Luther King, Jr
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 325.26 Zk5k5
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. The autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. / edited by Clayborne Carson. NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.092 K537 205-2996
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. Call to conscience: the landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / edited by Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard.
    NYS Library Call Number: 323.092 K53 201-3325
  • King, Martin Luther, and Riley, Clayton. Daddy King: an autobiography.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 286.1330924 K53, 80-31574
  • King, Martin Luther. The method of non-violence.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.175 qK53
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. Stride toward freedom: the Montgomery story.
    NYS Library Call Number: C,323.1196 K521 212-2240
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. A testament of hope: the essential writings and speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.  / edited by James Melvin Washington.
    NYS Library Call Number: C,323.40924 K53 86-23407 1991
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. Where do we go from here: Chaos or community?
    NYS Library Call Number: C,301.45196 K53
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr. Why we can't wait.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 301.451 K53
  • Lane, Mark and Dick Gregory. Code name "Zorro": the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 364.1524097 L266, 78-20303
  • Lewis, David L. King: a biography.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 325.26 Zk5L6 1978
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 325.26 qZk5m3
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: man, and teacher.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.40924 K53, 89-34123
  • Matthews, Jim. Five dark days in history, biography of a non-violent warrior.
    NYS Library Call Number: CQ, 325.6 qZk5m4
  • Miller, William Robert. Martin Luther King, Jr.: his life, martyrdom, and meaning for the world.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 325.26 Zk5m6
  • Moldovan, Russel. Martin Luther King, Jr.: an oral history of his religious witness and his life.
    NYS Library Call Number: 323.092 K53 200-8002
  • New York State Education Department. Martin Luther King, Jr. Resource Guide.
    NYS Library Call Number: D, UNI 146-4 MARLK 89-12709
  • Oates, Stephen B. Let the trumpet sound: the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.40924 O11, 82-32809
  • Pearson, Hugh. When Harlem nearly killed King: the 1958 stabbing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 364.1524 P361 203-9710
  • Reddick, Lawrence Dunbar. Crusader without violence; a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 325.26 Zk5r
  • Richard J. Bailey School. Dear Dr. King: a tribute in words and pictures by the children of the Richard J. Bailey School. 
    NYS Library Call Number: CQ, 325.26 qZk5d2
  • Schulke, Flip and Penelope Ortner McPhee. King remembered.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.40924 K53, 86-31078
  • Sitkoff, Harvard. King: pilgrimage to the mountaintop.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.092 K537 208-5083
  • Time-Life Books. I have a dream: the story of Martin Luther King in text and pictures.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 325.26 Zk5i12
  • Ward, Brian and Tony Badger, eds. The making of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.092 M235 96-12657
  • Webb, Robert N. Leaders of our time.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 909.82 ZAw3a
  • Weisberg, Harold. Frame-up: The Martin Luther King/James Earl Ray case, containing suppressed evidence, with a postscript by James Earl Ray.
    NYS Library Call Number: C 345.7302524, R263,91-40864
  • Westin, Alan F. and Barry Mahoney. The trial of Martin Luther King.
    NYS Library Call Number: ZL, 342.73 W529 99-14013
  • Williams, Clarence G., ed. Reflections of the Dream: 1975-1994 Twenty years celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    NYS Library Call Number: C, 323.092 K53 96-10542

Exhibit curated by Michael Meyer and Stephanie Barrett

Last Updated: July 5, 2018