At a time when national leadership is scarce, trust is shallow, and American liberties are threatened by our own government, Dr. King's words again call for our active and essential advancement of freedom and goodness. Read each entry, and when the spirit moves you read your favorite passages aloud. Dr. King and his teachings embody and continue to celebrate the most noble and vital aspects of the real American Spirit.
I learned more about Dr. King and his philosophies by reading his actual words than I could have learned reading a history or biography.
I was surprised to learn that Dr King's journey was a long one even before civil rights movement, that he studied many schools of philosophical and religious thought. I was deeply impressed by his gifts with language, the ability to convey ideas in ways anyone can understand, and to inspire. Any writer could learn by studying his work.
If you are interested in human rights questions, I recommend reading this piece by piece, though it is a large volume. So much of what King said isn't limited to the movements of 50 years ago, but to the ongoing struggle for human dignity and equality.