March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World


Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, sister remembers the March on Washington.

From Dr. Martin Luther King's sister, the definitive tribute to the man, the march, and the speech that changed a nation.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, sister remembers the March on Washington.

From Dr. Martin Luther King's sister, the definitive tribute to the man, the march, and the speech that changed a nation.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Describing the 1963 March on Washington, Farris, the older sister of Martin Luther King Jr., maintains the deft touch and down-to-earth perspective that made My Brother Martin so moving. Where most books on King approach him with a sense of great occasion, Farris more effectively uses plain language and well-chosen facts to explain her brother's extraordinary achievements. Her description of his writing of the classic "I have a dream" speech typifies her style: Martin stays up all night, working and reworking his draft. "Not once did he stop to eat, or even lay his head down on his pillow.... Even if he'd wanted to sleep, he couldn't-the words of his speech kept him awake. His speech wouldn't let him rest." As she chronicles Martin's experiences of the march, Farris skillfully embeds facts about its goals, the participants and the period. Ladd, in his first picture book, demonstrates a rare talent for portraiture-even the faces in his crowd scenes are individuated. Like Farris, he resists the temptation to lionize his subject: instead of looking iconic, his King looks human-in other words, capable of inspiring the reader. Ages 9-12. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s older sister Christine takes this opportunity to shares with young people her thoughts, knowledge and feelings about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that occurred on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. She sheds light on their upbringing, their parents, and their influence on Christine, Martin, and their siblings. Unfortunately, Christine did not attend this important event because she remained at home to care for their elderly parents. They did, however, watch it on television. The information that she presents regarding the event is accurate. I was there. I saw the buses, as she described, arriving from Detroit, Chicago, New Haven, Atlanta, Memphis, and many other places. She shares with us Dr. King's preparation for the event and notes the presence of the "Big Six" organizers of the march, including James Farmer, John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young. She shares her feelings and reaction to Dr. King's words, explaining that she knew, as we all did, that something special was happening. THE POWER OF WORDS! This is the illustrator London Ladd's first picture book, and he has done a masterful job of depicting the event. Reviewer: Leila Toledo
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

How did the civil rights activist prepare what would become his most famous address? What was it like to be part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963? Dr. King's sister answers these questions, providing background about the organization of the march, a look at key events of the day, and insight into how King crafted the speech. Although he is depicted as older and more serious than the mischievous little boy portrayed in My Brother Martin (S & S, 2003), Farris's unique perspective on her subject continues to be compelling. She concentrates on the march and the effects of the speech. Some phrases in the text are printed in a larger font and in color, emphasizing important aspects and establishing an appealing rhythm for reading aloud. Ladd's acrylic paintings are an excellent accompaniment to the text. His use of color and varying perspectives creates a great deal of visual energy, extending the excitement of the event. An informative addition.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

Kirkus Reviews
Farris, the sister of Martin Luther King Jr., offers her own singular perspective on the historic March on Washington and her brother's memorable "I Have a Dream" speech. More oral history than a strictly fact-based narrative, Farris's voice and that of her famous brother come through free, loud and clear. The impact is both inspiring and affecting. The book's ingenious design allows for double-duty: Each block of text includes one sentence that is set off in large, bold uppercase letters. These phrases (e.g.: "THE SEA OF MARCHERS PARTED FOR MARTIN AND HIS FRIENDS") facilitate easy group sharing while helping less confident readers manage the book on their own. Ladd, a talented figure painter and first-time picture-book illustrator, offers his own fresh and affecting take on these now familiar events; his images expand and enliven the well-known facts and ably expand on Farris's powerful family story. This is an essential addition to family, church, school and public-library collections. (Informational picture book. 7-12)
Children's Literature - Joan Kindig
Winner of the 2009 Carnegie Medal for most outstanding video for children, March On! is a beautiful recounting of the mark Martin Luther King, Jr. left on our country. Told by his sister, Christine, the story tells of Martin's upbringing, his beginnings as a preacher, and his pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. A hallmark of the Civil Rights Movement was its adherence to the principle of non-violence in their demonstrations. Despite being taunted and angered, African-Americans set about demanding the rights that were theirs as citizens of the United States of America. They did it with determination and with great dignity. While bombs leveled a church in Birmingham and a black lawyer had his home bombed in the same city, non-violence remained the order of the day. The story culminates with the famous "I Have a Dream" speech that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The DVD features both illustrations from the book and archival photos of the Civil Rights Movement. Both blend to create a very effective portrait of the famous Civil Rights leader. This is a must have for all school and public libraries. An added bonus is the interview with the author who shares a little of her unique perspective on her famous brother. Running time: 20 minutes. Iconographic. Reviewer: Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545035378
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 282,029
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Christine King Farris is the older sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Vice Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Herself a long-standing advocate for civil rights, she is a founder and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Child Development Center. Ms. King Farris is an Associate Professor of Education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she directs the Learning Resources Center. She is the author of MY BROTHER MARTIN and MARTIN LUTHER KING: HIS LIFE AND DREAM.

London Ladd graduated from Syracuse University. He and his wife live in Syracuse with their daughter. This is his first picture book. Illustrator of MARCH ON! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said it best: “Ladd demonstrates a rare talent for portraiture—even the faces in his crowd scenes are individuated...He resists the temptation to lionize his subject: instead of looking iconic, his King looks human—in other words, capable of inspiring the reader.” Please visit

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    A Great One Setting Read!!!

    I share this book with students every opportunity I get. As we read, I use voices and animation to bring it to life. In addition, I share pictures from Life Magazine to reiterate just how important that day was. I share with them my experience of visiting Washington, D.C. standing where Dr. King once stood.

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