Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

A few of my favorites in honor of the day:

My favorite quote:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My favorite books:
The first two are picture books and the last one is an amazing account of MLK, the Southern Christian Leaderhip Conference and the whole movement.

MARTIN’S BIG WORDS by Doreen Rappaport & Brian Collier.
This is a simple, yet moving book. It says a lot with minimal words and magnificent illustrations

by Walter Dean Myers & Leonard Jenkins.
This one also has glorious illustrations and depicts much of life during this time period in a succinct but meaningful way.

by David J Garrow
1987 winner of the Pulitzer Prize
If you want a detailed, comprehensive account of the life of Dr. MLK, Jr., this is the book. Garrow draws on over 700 interviews with those who worked with him, as well as those who opposed him. Plus, he had access to King’s personal papers and thousands of FBI documents. It’s over 800 pages and by the time you finish it, you’ll feel like you lived through it yourself! **not a book for middle schoolers, this is definitely an adult book due to content.