- “The definitive biography of King…. Eig’s book is worthy of its subject.” — New York Times
- “The most compelling account of King’s life in a generation.” — Washington Post
- “Eig has created 2023’s most vital tome.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
WHEN: Tuesday, September 12, 2023; 6-7:15 p.m.
WHERE: Harold Washington Public Library, 400 S. State St, Chicago IL 60605
COST: Free, open to the public, no need to register
ABOUT THE BOOK: King: A Life is the first major biography in decades of Martin Luther King Jr.—and the first to include recently declassified FBI files. In this revelatory portrait of the preacher and activist who shook the world, Eig presents an intimate view of the courageous and often emotionally troubled man who demanded peaceful protest for his movement but was rarely at peace with himself.
In this landmark biography, Eig gives us an MLK for our times: a deep thinker, a brilliant strategist, and a committed radical who led one of history’s greatest movements—and whose demands for racial and economic justice remain as urgent today as they were in his lifetime.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jonathan Eig is a former writer for the Wall Street Journal. He’s the New York Times bestselling author of Ali: A Life; Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig; and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Ken Burns calls Eig “a master storyteller.”
This program is part of the Chicago Public Library’s “Voices for Justice” Speaker Series, which highlights issues of social justice.