March On! : The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
by Farris, Christine King; Ladd, London (ILT)

Having led thousands in a march for civil rights to the foot of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech that would forever inspire people to continue to fight for change in the years ahead.

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 portraitureeven the faces in his crowd scenes are individuated...He resists the temptation to lionize his subject: instead of looking iconic, his King looks humanin other words, capable of inspiring the reader." Please visit

This handsome picture book, told from the viewpoint of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s older sister, is a personal, celebratory account of the 1963 March on Washington. Farris tracks back to childhood, when she and her brother were raised to do good but not to brag about it. She also tells about the night before the march, when Dr. King stayed up to work on his speech until the very last minute, and a beautiful close-up portrait shows him, pen in hand, in his hotel room. The book's main focus, though, is on the march itself. The author stayed with the King family in Atlanta and watched the events on TV, cheering every step of the way, and she describes with powerful detail the thousands who came, the leaders, the rights they fought for, and the power of their words. In his debut picture book, Ladd beautifully shows the historic crowd scenes and the portraits of King, the Big Six civil rights leaders, and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. A stirring, intimate view of a watershed moment. Copyright 2006 Booklist 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) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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