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Books, movies, podcasts, more for MLK week 2024

Explore these great works related to this year’s MLK week theme: “Where Do We Go From Here” compiled by Librarian Allyson Mower. Be sure to check out the library’s MLK Week event “Moving Forward by Learning From Our Past: An Exhibition & Talk with the Utah Black History Museum” on Tuesday, January 16th at 11 am in the Gould Auditorium.

"Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community"

By Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This book, the last one Dr. King wrote, starts with ‘Where Are We?” and what a salient place to begin when it comes to considering new and different directions. The book covers wide-ranging topics from dilemmas to backlash to common humanity, but ends by highlighting essential programs and prospects: education, employment, rights, and housing.

Check it out. 


By Ava DuVernay

This film depicts the courageous (and terrifying) history of the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

"Standpoints: A Black Feminist Podcast"

By Andrea Baldwin

An excellent podcast hosted by U of U Associate Professor Andrea Baldwin about going beyond chaos to build community through mentorship, collaboration, and agency.

Listen here.

"King: A Life"

By Jonathan Eig

Published in May 2023 and longlisted for the National Book Award, this monograph provides a comprehensive story of Dr. King’s life. It is also slated to become a film directed by Chris Rock and produced by Steven Spielberg.

Check it out.

"Dear Martin"

By Nic Stone

YA novel about 17-year-old Justyce McAllister who grapples with contemporary injustices such as racial profiling, police brutality, and racism by writing letters to his imagined version of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Check it out.