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I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

Spring 2013 Picture Books
Ages: All Ages
Author: Martin Luther King
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 978-0-375-85887-1
Hardcover Price: $18.99
Review:

August 28, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the culmination of the unprecedented 250,000 person march on Washington.

Cited as the defining moment in the American civil rights movement, King's "I Have Dream" speech called for the freedom and equality of all people, no matter the color of their skin.

For those who were there, or watched on live television, Kadir Nelson's extraordinary paintings bring back the emotions and anticipation of the day, as well as all the power and the promise Dr. King delivered in those historic seventeen minutes. Nelson's disciplined and elegant work brings the speech to life for those who weren't.

One remarkable image after another accompanies sections of the speech as verse, with grace and purpose, making each page stronger than the next. The double page spread of two larger than life hands, one black and one white, affirm "with this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, knowing that we will be free one day."

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