To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s immortal “I Have a Dream” speech, we have collected links to free digital editions of the books that inspired the great leader’s life and writings. Follow this link to read and listen to a recording of the speech.
We’ve included some of his favorite books, but King also taught a Seminar In Social Philosophy at Morehouse College in 1961. We found the complete outline of his syllabus at The King Center’s massive archive.
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Books That Inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Republic by Plato (Books I, II, V, VI, VIII, and X)
Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle (Books I, II, III, IV and V)
Politics by Aristotle (Books I and III)
The City of God by Augustine (“on the law of Heaven and Earth”)
Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (“Of the Natural Condition of Mankind”)
Treatises on Civil Government by John Locke
The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Critique of Practical Reason by Immanuel Kant
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich] Hegel (1770-1831) Selections from [Underlined: Philosophy of Right]
Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham
Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill