The first federal holiday of the new year honors Martin Luther King Jr., a man who some would assert was one of the greatest leaders and orators in American history. Born on January 15, 1929, King’s legal name, like his father’s, was Michael. Upon returning from a religious convention in Berlin, the senior King changed his name to Martin Luther, after the Protestant reformer. Michael Jr. eventually followed suit. Initially, King resisted going into the ministry, but after a more in-depth study of the scriptures, had a change of heart. By the age of 25, King had married Coretta Scott, became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and earned his Ph.D. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to lead “the first large-scale demonstration against segregation in the U.S.”—the Montgomery Bus Boycott. And the rest is history. Every year since 1986, the third Monday in January is recognized as Martin Luther King Day. This year it falls on January 18th. The books featured range from picture-to-young adult. Happy Reading!