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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a read or movie.

Monday, January 18 is a national holiday that honors Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a minister and iconic figure of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Tragically, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968.

This is a brief list of books and DVDs about King that are available from the Pollard Memorial Library. Although we are not open for you to browse the shelves, we can deliver items to you via curbside delivery.  Place a hold in our online catalog, e-mail us at, or call the reference desk at 978-674-4121.

Click on any of the books on display below to go directly to their catalog page and place a hold! 

  • A knock at midnight: A collection of King’s sermons, some of which have never been published.
  • Going down Jericho Road the Memphis strike, Martin Luther King’s last campaign: Follows the strike of Memphis’ municipal workers in 1968 and the events leading up to King’s assassination that year. The author also talks about the FBI’s efforts to ‘destroy’ Martin Luther King.
  • The preacher King : Martin Luther King, Jr. and the word that moved America: This biography chronicles how King, who described himself as a preacher, transferred his emphasis on love, justice, and deliverance from church to the public policy arena.
  • The radical King: A compilation of 23 selections that illustrate King’s radical vision for change. The main topics include King’s opposition to the Vietnam conflict, his crusade against imperialism, and his identification with the poor. Cornell West, the editor, remarks that King was once identified as the most dangerous man in America.

Click here to borrow The Radical King as an e-book from CLAMS with your Pollard Memorial Library card

Documentaries and Movies Based on His Life

  • Been to the mountaintop : This DVD is a collection of original footage that highlights King’s speeches and conversations between 1956 and 1968.
  • Selma: A feature-length movie that chronicles King’s struggle to secure voting rights for all people.
  • King: man of peace in a time of war: A documentary that looks at his life through the divisiveness between white and black Americans, the disagreements within the civil rights movement, and the undeclared war in Vietnam

Graphic Novels

  • King : a comic book biography: An illustrated representation of the major events in Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. This graphic novel also dramatizes behind the scenes strategizing and compromises that King made with fellow civil rights leaders and influential politicians.
  • Book 3 This volume of the March series covers the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Other titles in the March graphic novel series can be found at the Pollard Memorial Library.

Click here to borrow Book 3 of March as an E-book from CW Mars library network with your Pollard library card



The Pollard Library has a big selection of biographies of Martin Luther King, Junior. Click Here to get more information on them.

Don’t forget that your Pollard library card gives you access to every library in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC). All you need to do is place a hold and pick up your materials via curbside delivery.

This link lets you see what other MVLC libraries have about King.