Back of Book:
Martin Luther King Jr. was nervous.
Standing at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, he was about to address 250,000 people with what would become known as his “I Have a Dream Speech”—the most famous speech of his life.
This day—August 28, 1963—was a momentous day in the Civil Rights Movement. It was the culmination of years spent leading marches, sit-ins, and boycotts across the South to bring attention to the plight of African Americans. Years spent demanding equality for all. Years spent dreaming of the day that black people would have the same rights as white people, and would be treated with the same dignity and respect. It was time for Martin to share his dream.
When I saw this book at the Scholastic book fair this spring, I got super excited! It is by far one of the most beautiful stories explaining Dr. King. I grew up seeing these iconic images, but many of my students had not. This is a historical book that not only tells readers about Martin Kings dream speech, it shows them the impact that one man had on millions of people. Now more than ever, it is important to stress equality among our students. Civil Rights are not always civil. Students need to see what took place all those years ago. I feel like this book needs to be in every child’s hand. Not simply for Martin King day, but for every other day as well. This is an excellent and beautiful story.
Ages 7 and up