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Danell Haspel: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Did you know Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech almost didn’t have a dream? 

According to The Guardian, King’s advisor, Wyatt Walker, told him the phrase was cliché and he had already used it too much, so Dr. King left it out of the typed version of the speech. (Younge, 2013) 

Now, even after fifty years, it is one of the most recognizable speeches ever made. 

Read more about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement here at your library!

“National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr.,” by Kitson Jazynka

In this level two biography, difficult concepts are made understandable and transitioned into a more approachable manner. This includes the use of sidebars, timetables, diagrams and fun facts to hold the interest of the young reader. The colorful design and educational illustrations round out this text as an exemplary book for their young minds to explore.

“The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement,” by Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “America in the King Years” trilogy, presents selections from his monumental work that recount the essential moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

A masterpiece of storytelling on race and democracy, violence and nonviolence, “The King Years” delivers riveting tales of everyday heroes whose stories inspire us still.

Here is the full sweep of an era that transformed America and continues to offer crucial lessons for today’s world. This vital primer amply fulfills Branch’s dedication: “For students of freedom and teachers of history.”

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