In the latest installment of CNBC.com's Holiday Wish List series, the civil rights leader and former mayor of Atlanta, who was an aide to Martin Luther King Jr., shares his top gift picks - and a little bit of history.
I grew up poor in New Orleans in the 1930s and 1940s, and I rarely got presents during the holidays. But once my parents gave me some roller skates, which made me very happy. Later, in the 1960s, I spent the holidays with my fellow brothers and sisters in the civil rights movement but rarely with my friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself. Martin would always spend Christmas with his own family and then leave for Jamaica the day after. He would spend a month there, researching and writing his books for fourteen hours each day.