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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King speaks to a large crowd on the campus of UCLA in 1965.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but as in so many cities and towns throughout the country, his impact on Los Angeles was strong and far-reaching. King visited L.A. on numerous occasions to speak about equal rights and encourage voter participation, sometimes under tense, and potentially life-threatening circumstances. When he visited the city, thousands would turn out to hear this great orator and Nobel Peace Prize winner. King was comfortable speaking anywhere and seems to have welcomed every opportunity to get his message out.


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Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

  • March: Book One

    March: Book One

    Lewis, John
  • 1968: The Year That Rocked the World

    1968: The Year That Rocked the World

    Kurlansky, Mark
  • 1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change

    1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change

  • A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • A Gift of Love: Sermons From Strength To Love and Other Preachings

    A Gift of Love: Sermons From Strength To Love and Other Preachings

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America

    An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America

    Young, Andrew
  • Changing Laws: Politics of the Civil Rights Era

    Changing Laws: Politics of the Civil Rights Era

    Cummings, Judy Dodge
  • Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

    Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

    Smiley, Tavis
  • Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965

    Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965

    Williams, Juan
  • Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights

    Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights

    Levingston, Steven
  • King's Dream

    King's Dream

    Sundquist, Eric J.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership: Inspiration & Wisdom for Challenging Times

    Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership: Inspiration & Wisdom for Challenging Times

    Phillips, Donald T.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: Apostle of Militant Nonviolence

    Martin Luther King Jr.: Apostle of Militant Nonviolence

    Colaiaco, James A.
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63

    Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63

    Branch, Taylor
  • Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

    Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • The 1960s

    The 1960s

  • The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sokol, Jason
  • The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

    The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement

    Branch, Taylor
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of JoAnn Gibson Robinson

    The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of JoAnn Gibson Robinson

    Robinson, Jo Ann Gibson
  • The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change

    The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change

    Morris, Aldon D.
  • The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

    The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

    Margolick, David
  • The Shattering: America in the 1960s

    The Shattering: America in the 1960s

    Boyle, Kevin
  • The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

    Joseph, Peniel E.
  • To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

    To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

    Honey, Michael K.
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

    Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • Why We Can’t Wait

    Why We Can’t Wait

    King, Martin Luther Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Books for Kids

  • Child of the Civil Rights Movement

    Child of the Civil Rights Movement

    Shelton, Paula Young
  • I Have a Dream

    I Have a Dream

    King, Martin Luther Jr.
  • Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Rappaport, Doreen
  • We March

    We March

    Evans, Shane
  • A Is for Activist

    A Is for Activist

    Nagara, Innosanto
  • A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

    A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

    Wittenstein, Barry
  • Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round: My Story of the Making of Martin Luther King Day

    Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round: My Story of the Making of Martin Luther King Day

    Kirkwood, Kathlyn J.
  • Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You

    Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You

    Weatherford, Carole Boston
  • Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Trueit, Trudi Strain
  • Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the March on Washington

    Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the March on Washington

    Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
  • Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

    Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

    Bandy, Michael S.
  • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

    Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

    Marzollo, Jean
  • I Am Brave: A Little Book About Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I Am Brave: A Little Book About Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Meltzer, Brad
  • I Am Martin Luther King Jr.

    I Am Martin Luther King Jr.

    Meltzer, Brad
  • Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told by His Niece)

    Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told by His Niece)

    Watkins, Angela Farris
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sánchez Vegara, Ma Isabel
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    McNamara, Margaret
  • Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior

    Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior

    Clayton, Ed
  • Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

    Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

    Duncan, Alice Faye
  • My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    King, Martin Luther III
  • My Dream of Martin Luther King

    My Dream of Martin Luther King

    Ringgold, Faith
  • My Uncle Martin’s Words for America: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference

    My Uncle Martin’s Words for America: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference

    Watkins, Angela Farris
  • The Walk

    The Walk

    Bingham, Winsome
  • We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration From Civil Rights Leaders

    We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration From Civil Rights Leaders

  • When Martin Luther King Jr. Wore Roller Skates

    When Martin Luther King Jr. Wore Roller Skates

    Weakland, Mark
  • Your Life Matters

    Your Life Matters

    Singleton, Chris

Social Activism: Children and Tween Reads

  • A is for Activist

    A is for Activist

    Nagara, Innosanto.
  • A Sweet Smell of Roses

    A Sweet Smell of Roses

    Johnson, Angela
  • Alejandria Fights Back! ¡La lucha de Alejandria!

    Alejandria Fights Back! ¡La lucha de Alejandria!

    Hernández-Linares, Leticia
  • All Are Welcome

    All Are Welcome

    Penfold, Alexandra
  • Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

    Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

    Freedman, Russell
  • Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect

    Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect

    Weatherford, Carole Boston
  • Counting on Community

    Counting on Community

    Nagara, Innosanto
  • Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America

    Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America

    Easton, Emily
  • Evicted!: The Struggle for the Right To Vote

    Evicted!: The Struggle for the Right To Vote

    Duncan, Alice Faye
  • If You're Going to a March

    If You're Going to a March

    Freeman, Martha
  • Let the Children March

    Let the Children March

    Clark-Robinson, Monica
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

    Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

    Harrison, Vashti
  • M is for Movement

    M is for Movement

    Nagara, Innosanto
  • Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race

    Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race

    Madison, Megan
  • Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

    Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

    Sanders, Rob, 1958-
  • Raise Your Voice: 12 Protests That Shaped America

    Raise Your Voice: 12 Protests That Shaped America

    Kluger, Jeffrey
  • Rise Up! The Art of Protest

    Rise Up! The Art of Protest

    Rippon, Anton
  • Same, Same But Different

    Same, Same But Different

    Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue.
  • Strictly No Elephants

    Strictly No Elephants

    Mantchev, Lisa
  • The Artivist

    The Artivist

    Smith, Nikkolas
  • The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

    The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

    Deedy, Carmen Agra
  • The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #5)

    The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #5)

    Hale, Nathan, 1976-
  • The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

    The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

    Levinson, Cynthia
  • This Is Your Time

    This Is Your Time

    Bridges, Ruby
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

    Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

    Weatherford, Carole Boston
  • We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration From Civil Rights Leaders

    We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration From Civil Rights Leaders

  • We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

    We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

  • What Can a Citizen Do?

    What Can a Citizen Do?

    Eggers, Dave

Books About Community and Empathy for Kids

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