The man, the movement
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day; three outstanding books about him and the civil rights movement are available in paperback.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Grand Central) by Martin Luther King Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson, combines two published autobiographies with other writings by King, including interviews, speeches, letters and more.
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (Oxford University Press) by Raymond Arsenault is a compelling narrative of one of the iconic events of the civil rights movement, written by a University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor.
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (Simon & Schuster) by Taylor Branch is the Pulitzer Prize-winning first volume in Branch's magisterial three-part biography of King and history of the era.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor