Martin Luther King Jr.: A King Family Tribute

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s family comes together for the first time to share their reflections and memories of the great civil rights leader. Included are contributions from his sister (the only surviving member of his immediate family), his children, his in-laws, his nieces and nephews, and even his grandchildren, who, although they never met him, explain what his legacy means to them. Unlike the iconic persona normally associated with the man, the book presents a more personal, warm, and loving portrait: ...
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s family comes together for the first time to share their reflections and memories of the great civil rights leader. Included are contributions from his sister (the only surviving member of his immediate family), his children, his in-laws, his nieces and nephews, and even his grandchildren, who, although they never met him, explain what his legacy means to them. Unlike the iconic persona normally associated with the man, the book presents a more personal, warm, and loving portrait: wrestling with his brother on the bed (despite their being in their thirties), sneaking naps during holiday meals, as well as playing games with his nieces and nephews. Alongside these tributes are never-before-published family photos of Dr. King, as well as new photographs of the memorial dedicated to him in August 2011 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Praise for Martin Luther King Jr.:

“In this large, handsome photo-essay filled with full-page portraits, family members across generations and a few close friends remember the man they knew as ‘M. L.” The combination of intimacy and politics will drive readers to find out more.”—Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—Relatives share memories of the Civil Rights leader in this scrapbook-style tribute. Among those who contributed reminiscences about "ML" (as he was called by his family) are his mother, father, and brother (all posthumously); his sister, Christine King Farris; his nieces, Alveda King and Angela Farris Watkins (who edited the collection); and his nephew, Derek King. Of special interest to readers will be writings from King's teenaged great-nieces Farris Christine Watkins, Victoria King, and Venus King. Students will have previously heard many of these stories in picture books by Christine King Farris and Angela Farris Watkins; what makes this collection truly significant are the photos, which are referred to in an editor's note as "treasured keepsakes of the King family." How amazing to be able to see perhaps the 20th century's most influential leader buckling his daughter's shoes, or leaning lazily against a car while hanging out with his brother. But thanks to Watkins and others in Dr. King's extended family, young people can now view this larger-than-life figure as a real person. Short biographies of the contributors are appended.—Sam Bloom, Blue Ash Library, Cincinnati, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Family and friends remember Dr. King as a role model and dedicate themselves to his mission. Watkins, Dr. King's niece, has assembled their writings and excerpts from their speeches. All pay tribute to his spirit, abiding faith and dedication to the cause of civil rights, and they affirm their own commitment to "following the path he walked," as his nephew, Derek B. King, states. King's father's remarks are excerpted from his autobiography. The chapter for Dr. King's mother quotes from and reproduces a loving letter he wrote to her in 1948. There is no entry from Coretta Scott King. Those who knew him personally consistently refer to him as playful, loving and caring. This is, however, not a biography; his campaign for civil rights is not specifically detailed, nor is there any discussion of his assassination or funeral. Similarly, the many handsomely reproduced and arranged photographs depict the Kings at family events and gatherings. The concluding chapter showcases the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall. This attractive title is infused with a dominant aura of faith and devotion to God's work; it should be useful in Sunday school settings and as a pictorial supplement. (foreword by Andrew Young, afterword of beatitudes, brief biographies of contributors, index) (Essays. 12-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419702693
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 756,048
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Farris Watkins, PhD, is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She is an associate professor of psychology at Spelman College. Watkins is the author of two children’s books about her uncle published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. She lives in Atlanta.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Received from Goodreads, this book, large like a family album, s

    Received from Goodreads, this book, large like a family album, sized for display on a coffee table or such, is a treasure. I was so pleased when I won it that the moment it arrived I began reading.
    It is a touching spiritual and pictorial memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., through the eyes and words of those friends and extended family that knew of him and loved him; it will move even the most casual observer.
    Although he has become larger than life to most people, to those involved in his life, he was simply ML; he was human and reachable, fun, caring and kind. He was simply real! He knew who he was and where he was going with his life. He could be relied upon and trusted.
    Through the personal memories and photos, he becomes a part of the reader’s life. For me, the book felt personal. The book moved me to tears, at times, as it brought back memories of the day he was shot. I remember the disbelief at the sudden loss of such a personage, who was larger than life and continued to be, even in death. The sixties were a decade of shame, but this book brings ML back to life, warmly, with heartfelt emotion and affection.
    The respectful, glowing testimonies to his goodness and peaceful, loving purposeful life, speak volumes in only a few words. The book is not long or thick, but it is a gift with which to cherish and remember the man who changed the world, for the better.
    Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. Although he did not fire a shot, and did not believe in violence, someone else did, and that someone robbed the world of a great man who could have done much more. Yet, his legacy is one of freedom and justice for all and with it, he lives on, as does his dream.

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