5 must-read books about Martin Luther King Jr.

3. Bearing the Cross, by David Garrow

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference” by David Garrow (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 800 pp.) is a raw glimpse of the man who led the Civil Rights Movement. The book does not idealize King, yet readers will come away better understanding his faults and admiring the strength of a man whose philosophies were grounded in faith.

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