March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed The World
March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed The World, is a different kind of picture book. Written by Professor Christine King Farris, doting older sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the book reads more like a comfortable face-to-face conversation than a childrens picture book.
Farris begins by describing the values her mother and father instilled in their three childrenMartin, Alfred Daniel and Christine, then touches briefly on how Martins early tendency to speak out always drew attention to himself. The story then jumps to an adult Martin and the 1963 march on Washington, D.C., and though I was expecting to munch on tidbits of what Martin was like as a child, my brief disappointment at the omission of these details soon faded as I learned about the exciting days leading up to the freedom march that changed the world.
Farris recreates that historic day by describing how people traveled to Washington by bus, by footand even by roller-skates! She quenches the history buffs thirst for details by describing how a patchwork quilt of peoplestudents and poor people, Christians and Jews, blacks and whites, all held hands and waited for Martin to speak his precious words. She even offers icing for the cake when she tells how legendary African American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson stirred up that freedom-hungry crowd with the soulful words of a mournful song: Im gonna tell my Lord&just how long theyve been treating me wrong.
March On! is chocked full of beautiful pictures that are keepsakes in their own right. Newcomer-artist London Ladds breathtaking oil paintings are a special gift to the reader, capturing the intensity, mood and expression of Dr. King and the people who came to hear him speak on that unforgettable day.
Although this book has a slightly elevated reading level that may make it necessary for the parent, teacher or librarian to do the reading for the younger child, it is definitely a must have for every childs personal or historical library. Dont miss out on this piece of history!