Bearing the Cross, by David GarrowRead about the other books on the list.
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David Garrow (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 800 pp.) is a raw glimpse of the man who led the Civil Rights Movement. The book does not idealize King, yet readers will come away better understanding of both his faults and his strengths.
Also see: Five notable books on the civil rights movement.