Aquarius Press/Willow Books

In this moment in history, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us just how much work remains when it comes to social justice in America. Poet and educator Joseph Ross has been diligently working on his passion project, Raising King, a collection inspired by King's wisdom. 

Ross explains his artistic goal in this way: “Raising King urges readers to walk beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Montgomery to Memphis, past police dogs, mobs, and fire hoses. Listen to his thoughts, hopes, and fears. You’ll also hear from heroes including Abernathy, Shuttlesworth, and Coretta Scott King.”

According to Peniel Joseph, author of The Sword and the Shield: Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., “Raising King is a groundbreaking poetry collection that helps to rescue the radically compassionate legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joseph Ross brilliantly reminds us that King’s power derived from the way in which he forced American and global citizens to confront uncomfortable truths about race, poverty, citizenship, and war. A must read.”

Raising King is authorized by the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc., making it a significant contribution to American literary history. For more about Joseph and his groundbreaking collection, visit

Written by Heather Buchanan-Gueringer — June 02, 2020