This Monday the 15th we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! We take this time to recognize the important work of Dr. King and his achievements during his lifetime and we also take the time to reflect on how we can continue his work of acceptance, equality, social justice, worker rights, and opportunity for all people. In the Learning Commons we currently have a book display featuring titles about Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, and civil rights and social justice causes they dedicated their lives to. As we move towards Black History Month in February our book display will expand from MLK to a wider swath covering our American experience, from history through today. Amongst our collection, highlighted here are three excellent books available for check out:
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Brian Collier
This wonderful picture book biography is brought to life by the amazing artwork of Brian Collier. Our copy here in the Learning Commons is very special because it’s autographed by Brian Collier himself! He was kind enough to sign it for us when I met him at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston a few years ago.
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
This book tells the story of four friends who staged a sit-in at a lunch counter where they were not supposed to sit simply based on the color of their skin. Their courage and determination to stand up for what is right was a cornerstone of the civil rights movement. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s wonderful telling of the story is made even more powerful by the bold, bright, striking illustrations by Brian Pinkney.
Martin’s Dream Day by Kitty Kelley and featuring the photographs of Stanley Tretick
This wonderful new informational text tells the story of the 1963 March on Washington where MLK gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. On that historic day, photojournalist Stanley Tretick had special press access that allowed him to be close to MLK and other important people at the march. His vivid and powerful photos bring the day to life for a new generation of readers!
These books are just a starting point and we’ll be rolling out more through February! Come on in and check some out!