Rebel Spirits

Learn more about Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. through these recently published books now available in the Museum Bookstore, Museum Store + Café and online.

The Promise and the Dream

Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. is based in part on The Promise and the Dream by David Margolick, published on April 4, 2018 by RosettaBooks.

Margolick examines the unique bond between RFK and MLK and the complicated mix of mutual assistance, impatience, wariness, awkwardness, antagonism and admiration that existed between the two.

Documented with original interviews, oral histories, FBI files, previously untapped contemporaneous accounts and powerful photos by the foremost photojournalists of the era, The Promise and the Dream features a foreword by award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley.


Delta Epiphany: RFK in Mississippi

Robert Kennedy encountered the stark reality of poverty in America in the spring of 1967 when he visited the Mississippi Delta as part of a Senate subcommittee investigation of poverty programs. Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi explores how that brief visit helped shape Kennedy’s policy views just one year before he ran for president, and how the children he met in Mississippi were affected over the decades by the confluence of history, economics and politics. The book was written by Ellen Meacham and is published by University Press of Mississippi.