Martin Luther King, Jr: Great Civil Rights Leader


A biography telling the life story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his leadership in the civil rights movement to stop racism, segregation, and discrimination in the United States. Written in graphic-novel format.
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A biography telling the life story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his leadership in the civil rights movement to stop racism, segregation, and discrimination in the United States. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Part of the "Graphic Library: Graphic Biographies" series, this brief biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. focuses on his leadership in the civil rights movement. It is noteworthy that the author consulted with an associate professor in African American Studies from Berkeley in creating the narrative and used excerpts from King's own speeches in the dialogue. King's accomplishments are rightfully set within the context of larger community efforts by African Americans to gain access to equal services and rights. The graphic novel style of illustrations, accompanied by dialog balloons and brief narrative boxes, may well entice otherwise reluctant readers to learn more about King's life and the events surrounding the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. Although there are other extraordinary pictorial works on King (e.g., Martin's Big Words), the graphic novel has unique appeal and growing legitimacy as a format for non-fiction material targeted to middle school readers. Additional utility is provided through two pages of supplemental information about his life and accomplishments, a short glossary, bibliographies of books and Websites, and an index. As well as being an accessible biography, this book could provide an appropriate supplemental text for social studies curriculum on desegregation and civil rights, African American history, or community action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736864985
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Fast Cars Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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