School Library JournalGr 7-10-- An outstanding book that examines King's life and achievements. Haskins focuses on the impact of the civil rights movement and the beliefs that King so eloquently espoused. Information about his family, schooling, and civil-rights activities are conveyed in a lively and engaging manner. Inserted at various points throughout the text are excerpts from speeches, letters, or commentaries. They are positioned in gray boxes, and enable readers to see King's perspective on a particular course of action. The many black-and-white photographs are attractively arranged and often compelling. In addition to photographs directly related to King, there are others that convey the mood of the country struggling to come to terms with the yoke of segregation. A touching introduction Rosa Parks and concluding source notes supplement the book. All in all, this biography provides a balanced portrait of Dr. King, and it clearly portrays his impact on history. --Jeanette Lambert, Nashville Metropolitan Schools, TN
Janice Del NegroThis well-researched biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is reinforced and supported by extensive excerpts from his writings and speeches. A straightforward and perceptive text presents people and incidents that shaped the direction of King's life: his parents, his upbringing, and his encounters with the racism he fought until his death. The nicely bound, oversize book boasts an attractive, approachable layout. The excerpts from letters, sermons, speeches, and writings are boxed with gray backgrounds, and several of the many black-and-white photographs are captioned with quotes from King. All quotations are sourced, and Haskins includes a time line of important events in King's life as well as suggestions for further reading. A serviceable, practical biography, this will be a good addition to any size collection.
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