This week we honor a man who worked for equal rights, a man who worked peacefully in the face of violence and hatred. Here, I have listed the best books that the Lemme Library has to offer. I have included books about Dr. King, his wife; Coretta, Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks.
I Have a Dream foreward by Coretta Scott King
Text of the speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963 describing his visionary dream of equality and brotherhood for humankind. Also includes illustrations by award winning artists depicting scenes described in the speech.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
Presents an account of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, an African-American girl who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks, and covers her role in a crucial civil rights case.
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange
An illustrated biography of Coretta Scott King, describing her childhood in the segregated South, her marriage to Martin Luther King, Jr., and her civil rights work
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr by Doreen Rappaport.
Looks at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, explaining his work to bring about a peaceful end to segregation.
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up With the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Christine King Farris.
The life of Martin Luther King, Jr., as seen through the eyes of his older sister.
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr by David Adler
A brief, illustrated, biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped African-Americans win many battles for equal rights.
I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Walter Dean Meyers
Pictures and easy-to-read text introduce the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King by Rosemary Bray.
Tells of the life and work of Martin Luther King through text and colorful folk-art paintings. Includes a brief chronology of his life.
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
Presents an illustrated account of Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, and the subsequent bus boycott by the black community.
From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.