Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

WPLD offers many ways to open your mind and expand your knowledge on any topic.

As we approach Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (third Monday of January every year), learn more about his work and the civil rights movement through books, movies, the History Reference Center database and an upcoming library event.

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, the History Reference Center database, one of several new SWAN library databases accessible for free to WPLD members, allows you to search for quality content from the convenience of  home 24/7 simply by entering search terms. You will find a depth of sources on MLK and other civil rights activists. With your library card number and PIN, you can access this database at Databases A to Z under the Research tab at warrenville.com.

With our new SWAN catalog, WPLD cardholders have access to over 8 million items, including several on Dr. King. Click one of these suggested titles to place a hold on an item:

Adult book: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Young Adult graphic novel: March by John Lewis

Youth book: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Riley Flynn

Movie: Selma

If you are still craving more information during the week of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s national holiday, join us for a special Zoom event when historian Clarence Goodman presents the turbulent times of the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s message during his visits to Chicago:

In the Belly of the Beast: Dr. King in Chicago

Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm

Ages 12 and up

Mr. Goodman will also discuss the rise of race issues around the city and share stories of how Dr. King took on Mayor Richard J. Daley to push for better living conditions.

For more information about our library resources or to register for this upcoming event, contact our Adult Services Desk at: 630/393-1171 x121 or adultservices@warrenville.com.


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