Reading List

The curriculum and pedagogy of the Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center draws upon traditions of the science of nonviolence, social justice, sovereignty, and internationalism. The following is a suggested reading list for further reference.


  • Barber, B. R. (2004). Strong democracy: Participatory politics for a new age. Los Angeles:
    University of California Press.
  • Benlevi, J. (2011). Too much magic: Pulling the plug on the cult of tech. San Francisco, CA:
    Contrarian Books.
  • Brameld, T. (1965). Education as power (p. 146). New York, NY: Holy, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.
  • Brameld, T. (1976). The teacher as world citizen. Palm Springs, CA: ETC Publications.
  • Dahl, R. (2001). How democratic is the American Constitution? New haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Dewey, J. (1916). Democracy and education. The Philosophical Review (Vol. 25, p. 735).
  • Dewey, J. (1984). Individualism old and new. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
  • DuBois, W. E. B. (1994). The souls of Black folk. New York, NY: Dover Publications.
  • DuBois, W.E.B. (1935). Black Reconstruction in America 1960-1880. New York: The Free Press.
  • Edelman, M. W. (1992). The Measure of your success: a letter to my children and yours. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • Huxley, A. (1937). Ends and means. New York, NY: Harper & Brothers Publishers.
  • Kelley, E. (1947). Education for what is real. New York, NY: Harper & Brothers.
  • King, M. L. (1963). Letter from Birmingham jail. Retrieved March 24, 2012, from
  • King, M. L. (1967a). The trumpet of conscience. New York, NY: Harper & Row.
  • King, M. L., Jr. (1968). Chaos or community: Where do we go from here? Westminster, London, UK: Penguin Books.
  • Laski, H. (1935). Democracy in crisis. Chapel Hill: University of North California Press.
  • O’Dell, J.H. (2010). Climbin’ Jacob’s ladder: The Black freedom movement writings of Jack O’Dell. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Padover, S. K. (1973). Sources of democracy. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Patrick, J. (2003). Essential elements of education for democracy: What are they and why should they be at the core of the curriculum in schools. October 16, 2003 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University.
  • Washington, J. (1986). A testament of hope. New York, NY: Harper & Row.
  • West, C. (2014). Black prophetic fire. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • Wilson, R. (2002). Leadership poetry workshop: Creating peace and strengthening democracy. Kent, WA: Institute for Community Leadership.
  • Woodson, C. (2010). The MisEducation of the Negro. Seven Treasures Publications.
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