He spent time in a Birmingham jail, lead a march on Washington, and had a dream. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an American hero and icon.The life of the Georgia reverend is looked at closely and explored in "The Everything Martin Luther King, Jr. Book". From his time spent heading the civil rights movement to his speaking out against the Vietnam War to his assassination, everything and anything the reader would want to know about King is packed into this book."The Everything Martin Luther King, Jr. Book" delivers important and little-known details and facts, including: King's relationship with Malcolm X; the inspiration for his famous "I have a dream" speech; his upbringing, education, and mentoring by civil rights leader Benjamin Mays; and, the real reason for his assassination.A Nobel Prize winner and posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal, King's words, actions, and life have had an effect on every American today.
Jessica McElrath (Tracy, CA) is the About.com expert to African-American History. She also writes for the Isreali cultural magazine Metropolis. McElrath has a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University at Berkeley.