For further information on the life and legacy of Dr. King, we recommend:
- Office of Cultural Resources Historical Paper 10
- Motion 6461 setting forth the historical basis for "renaming" King County after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Stanford University's King Institute maintains an online archive of all of Dr. King's speeches and other information
The Seattle Times maintains an educational webpage which focuses on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the holiday declared in his honor. The site provides students with multimedia material, interactive activities, and a cross-country exchange involving schools in the Pacific Northwest and the South.
Selected published resources
Baldwin, Lewis V.
1991, There is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Blythe, Robert W., Maureen A. Carroll, and Steven H. Moffson
1994, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: Historic Resources Study. Atlanta: Cultural Resources Planning Division, Southeast Regional Office, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
1988, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Crawford, Vicki L., Jacqueline Anne Rouse, and Barbara Woods
1990, Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers & Torchbearers 1941-1965. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
1986, Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: William Morrow.
1992, I Have a Dream: The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. [child/young adult]. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.
1993, The March on Washington [child/young adult]. New York: Harper Collins.
1997, Tribute: A Guide to Seattle's Public Parks and Buildings Named for Black People. Seattle: Statice Press.
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
1958, Stride Toward Freedom. New York: Harper.
1963, The Strength To Love. New York: Harper & Row.
1964, Why We Can't Wait. New York: Harper & Row.
1967, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? New York: Harper & Row.
1986, A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings. Edited by James Melville. Washington. San Francisco: Harper & Row.
1992, I Have A Dream: Writing & Speeches That Changed The World. Edited by James Melville Washington. San Francisco: Harper & Row.
1993, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion: Quotations from the Speeches, Essays, and Books of Martin Luther King, Jr. Selected by Coretta Scott King; introduced by Dexter Scott King. New York: St. Martins Press.
Mumford, Esther Hall
1993, Calabash: A Guide to the History, Culture & Art of African Americans in Seattle and King County, Washington. Seattle: Ananse Press.
Oates, Stephen B.
1983, Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Harper and Row.
Pyatt, Sherman E.
1986, Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Greenwood Press.
Quayle, Louise 1990, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Dreams for Nations. [child/young adult]. New York: Fawcett Columbine.
Tucker, Deborah J. and Carolyn A. Davis
1994, Unstoppable Man: A Bibliography, Martin Luther King, Jr. Detroit: Wayne State University.
Watley, William D.
1985, Roots of Resistance: The Nonviolent Ethic of Martin Luther King Jr. Valley Forge: Judson Press.
1987, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. [A companion volume to the six-part television series.]
Resources consulted for the preparation of this history include: Mumford's Calabash; Washington's Testament of Hope; The Seattle Medium/Tacoma True Citizen MLK Birthday Special 1989; numerous newspaper articles on file at the Douglass-Truth Branch of the Seattle Public Library; and the files of the King County Landmarks and Heritage Program, Office of Cultural Resources.