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Martin Luther King Jr.: Let Freedom Ring: Campfire Biography-Heroes Line

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Not even half a century ago America was segregated, when everything depended on teh color of one's skin. Access to schools, restaurants, parks, buses or even water fountains was segregated. And born into this segregated world was Martin Luther King Jr..

The son of a black preacher, King was taught from a young age that he was equal. He deserved the same rights and freedoms as anyone. He dreams of a nation where people are not judged by the ...

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Overview

Not even half a century ago America was segregated, when everything depended on teh color of one's skin. Access to schools, restaurants, parks, buses or even water fountains was segregated. And born into this segregated world was Martin Luther King Jr..

The son of a black preacher, King was taught from a young age that he was equal. He deserved the same rights and freedoms as anyone. He dreams of a nation where people are not judged by the color of their skin but by their character. And he believed that dream could one day become reality.

Armed with one the nonviolent teachings of Ghandi and a staunch belief that all men and women were created equal, Martin Luther King Jr. stepped to the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. Through a series of peaceful protests and amrches, King captured the attention of the world...and changed the lives of millions of Americans forever.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—This book covers most of the high points of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and explains his role in shaping American history. However, some information has been omitted, such as the fact that he was not "Martin Luther" at birth but was given that name as a child when his father renamed both of them at the same time. Kumar's photorealistic illustrations are colorful, but his use of shadowing is sometimes excessive to the point of being distracting. The book would be most useful for reluctant readers who would like to learn more about King's life and understand why he is considered a hero. A foldout time line called "From Chains to Freedom: Black Emancipation in America" runs from slavery in the 1600s to the beginning of Barack Obama's presidency in 2009.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
An inspirational biography in graphic format--highlighting both King's passion for his cause and his devotion to Gandhi's nonviolent methods. The authors craft original dialogue that reads like policy statements and have Dr. King even as a child spouting lines like "We are being treated as inferior people solely because of the color of our skin. How unfair." Nevertheless, they deliver a clear, cogent account of their subject's upbringing, the vicious racial (and, later, social and economic) issues that sparked his involvement in the civil rights movement and the ensuing course of his short but enduringly influential career. Not all of the dialogue balloons and narrative boxes are properly placed, but Kumar draws facial features accurately. With a mix of overlaid and separated panels, he creates a strong sense of drama whether he's depicting Dr. King firing up a crowd or Rosa Parks' quiet composure. Numerous passages (not always accurately quoted: "the arm [sic] of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice") from Dr. King's speeches and writings add oratorical authority to the account, and a folding timeline at the end provides a broad historical overview of African-American history up to Barack Obama's first presidential election. Despite occasional stumbles, a worthwhile reminder for readers who will recognize his name but may be a little hazy on what he stood for. (Graphic biography. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789380028699
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Campfire Graphic Novels Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Teitelbaum was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked in radio and advertising before joining the publishing industry as an editor of comic books and Children's books and magazines. Michael is the writer and project eitor of Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, for Scholastic. He has written many books based on popular characters such as Spider Man, Superman, Batman, Garfield and Kermit the Frog. His latest fiction includes The Scary States of America, published by Delacorte, and Backyard Sports, by Grosset & Dunlap. His latest non-fiction book is Jackie Robinson: Champion for Equality (Sterling), a biography of the great baseball player and civil rights icon.

Lewis Helfand was born in Philadelphia. With a political science degree and a passion for comic books, Lewis is the author of several titles from Campfire, and he continues to work as a freelance writer and reporter for a number of national print and online publications.

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