The Best Diverse Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In 2021,  Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on January 18, 2021, and it also marks the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

Each year on the third Monday of January, America honors the birth, life, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther KingJr., is known for his contributions to the American civil rights movement in the 1960s. His most famous work is his “I Have a Dream” (1963) speech, in which he spoke of his dream of the United States that is void of segregation and racism.  

“So powerful was the movement he inspired, that Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the same year King himself was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. Posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, King is an icon of the civil rights movement. His life and work symbolize the quest for equality and nondiscrimination that lies at the heart of the American—and human—dream.” ~Youth for Civil Rights

To help parents, educators, and thought leaders prepare to honor this great man on January 18, we’d like to share some excellent Diverse Booklists and resources about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King himself.

Civil Rights Movement through Art and Books for Kids

Books about Martin Luther King, Jr for Kids

The Landmark for Peace is a memorial sculpture in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on the northside of Indianapolis. It honors the contributions of the slain leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Martin Luther King Jr. Park 1702 N. Broadway St. Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Read more about this important landmark, and the special relationship between two great leaders HERE.

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How will you celebrate MLK Day 2021?

Becky Flansburg


Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 8th annual celebration will take place on January 29, 2021. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.

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