With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up Monday, here are three books with interesting perspectives on the civil rights era.
A Century and Some Change: My Life Before the President Called My Name (Atria) by Ann Nixon Cooper is a posthumously published memoir by the matriarch of a successful Atlanta family (and grandmother of Times columnist Ernest Hooper); Cooper knew "M.L." and his family, and she was mentioned by President Barack Obama in his inaugural address.
Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama (Civitas) by Peniel E. Joseph is a historian's look at how both the activism of religious leaders like King and the later black power movement interacted to have an impact on American democracy.
Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith (Atria) by Christine King Farris is a memoir by King's oldest sister, a college professor, about her family's proud accomplishments and many tragedies, with never-published photos and letters.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor