The University of Illinois Press is to be commended for maintaining the in-print status of this now-classic biography of Martin Luther King Jr., which was originally published in 1970 and written by the highly esteemed and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of a two-volume biography of W. E. B. DuBois (Biography of a Race, 1869–1919, 1994; The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919–1963, 2001). This edition contains a new preface, but what isn’t new—nor should it be—is the at-once magisterial and intimate biographical account and assessment with which Lewis first graced the world. The book was widely applauded upon its publication and has enjoyed the sustained respect of historians and readers ever since. Public librarians need to face the fact that their shelves devoted to modern American history can’t be considered complete without it. Purchase it and focus attention on it. --Brad Hooper
"Shelves devoted to modern American history can't be considered complete without it."--Booklist
"An excellent book that will do more to keep Martin Luther King and his 'dream' alive in a different era than would more fulsome tributes."
--Louis R. Harlan, American Historical Review
"A well-researched, clearly written and well-balanced account."
--Charles V. Hamilton, New York Times Book Review
"Initially published soon after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., David Levering Lewis's biography was an extraordinary achievement--a readable narrative full of historical insight. He judiciously illuminates King's achievements while also acknowledging his flaws and limitations. Subsequent studies have provided more detailed accounts of various aspects of King's life, but Lewis's perceptive portrait continues to reward readers seeking to understand King's historical significance."
--Clayborne Carson, Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute
"David Levering Lewis's classic biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. captured the voices and feeling of the times in its thoughtful and thorough early review of Dr. King’s legacy. I am deeply grateful it is being introduced to a new generation of readers and commend it to all."
--Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund