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Friday, January 6, 2017

Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Library

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. Source:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, January 16th this year, and to celebrate King's legacy many educators are teaching classroom lessons about the Civil Rights Era and having their students write reports about King and his activism.

Need kids' books on King, or the Civil Rights Era? Fresno County Public Library has a great selection! Here are just a few:

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, by Carole Boston Weatherford; paintings by Jerome Lagarrigue 

This book helps readers to experience the historic 1960s sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter, relating events from the perspective of a young black girl.  

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, by Jean Marzollo; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

In Marzollo's book, fluid text and engaging scratchboard and paint illustrations combine to make the history of the period accessible to younger readers.

I Am Rosa Parks, by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins; pictures by Wil Clay

In this book for young readers, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, provides a simplified autobiography, focusing on her unique role in the wider political struggle.

Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told by His Niece), by Angela Farris Watkins; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

The niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. reveals six timeless and universal principles that encompass the civil rights leader's greatest legacy, reinforcing the idea that "the universe honors love."

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Bryan Collier

Rappaport's award-winning book shows how King used words, not weapons, to fight injustice.

The Story of Ruby Bridges, by Robert Coles; illustrated by George Ford

In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges found the courage to walk through an angry mob of protesters and enter a formerly "whites-only" school in New Orleans. Coles' book tells her story.

Looking for something a bit different? Visit our catalog, and check out our eBooks, for even more options!

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