Martin Luther King, Jr: The Last Interview

And Other Conversations

**Melville House will be donating a portion of proceeds from this title to Black Lives Matter

As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, it’s as urgent now as ever to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., whose insistence on equality and peace defined the Civil Rights Movement and forever changed the course of American history.

This collection ranges from an early 1961 interview in which King describes his reasons for joining the ministry (after considering medicine), to a 1964 conversation with Robert Penn Warren, to his last interview, which was conducted on stage at the convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, just ten days before King’s assassination.

Timely, poignant, and inspiring, Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview is an essential addition to the Last Interview series.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (1929-1968) is widely considered the most influential leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America. He was also a Baptist minister, an inspiring orator, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955; delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963; and played crucial roles in the Selma Voting Rights Movement, the Chicago Open Housing Movement, opposition to the Vietnam War, and the Poor People’s campaign, among many other major humanitarian efforts. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1929, King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 was passed by Congress one week later, on April 11.

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