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aretha_brown v board of educationAretha, David Brown v. Board of Education
Middle school, high school   128 pp. Morgan

Aretha, David Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington
Middle school, high school   128 pp. Morgan

Civil Rights Movement series. Black-and-white archival photographs, boxed quotes, and excerpts from notable speeches enhance this series documenting pivotal laws and incidents of the civil rights movement. Each title builds up to the featured event, though Brown more successfully sets the stage with historical context and what follows. Both are well researched additions to library collections. Timeline, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; African Americans; Schools; Law; Trials; Civil Rights; Race Relations; King, Martin Luther, Jr.; Washington (DC)

aretha_time for martyrsAretha, David A Time for Martyrs: The Life of Malcolm X
Middle school, high school   144 pp. Morgan

Civil Rights Leaders series. Beginning with one of Malcolm X’s more notable speeches, this well-researched biography presents his troubled childhood, prison education, rise and fall within the Nation of Islam, and assassination. Black-and-white archival photographs, boxed quotes, and sidebars enhance the readable text, successfully capturing the historical setting, key figures, and rising fervor of the civil rights movement. Timeline, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Malcolm X; African Americans; Civil Rights; Race Relations; Religion—Nation of Islam; Assassinations

carson_what was your dream, dr. kingCarson, Mary Kay What Was Your Dream, Dr. King?: And Other Questions About Martin Luther King Jr.
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Sterling

Illustrated by Jim Madsen. Good Question! series. Using a question-and-answer format, Carson relates the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to the civil rights movement. Brief but sufficient explanations are given to questions related to segregation, nonviolent protests, the March on Washington, the importance of Dr. King’s philosophy, his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, and his assassination. Illustrations accompany the insightful text. Timeline.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Questions and Answers; Civil Rights; King, Martin Luther, Jr.; African Americans; Race Relations

lewis_march book 1Lewis, John and Andrew Aydin March: Book One
Middle school, high school
   128 pp. Top Shelf

Illustrated by Nate Powell. Congressman John Lewis — the last surviving member of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders — recounts his formative years in this first volume of a planned trilogy. The book opens on “Bloody Sunday” then fast-forwards to Barack Obama’s January 2009 inauguration. The volume is well-designed and the story expertly paced. Powell re-creates the time period vividly through his emotion-filled black-and-white sequential art.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Civil Rights; Lewis, John; African Americans; Race Relations; United States Congress; Cartoons and comics

pinkney_martin & mahaliaPinkney, Andrea Davis Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
Gr. K–3   40 pp. Little, Brown

Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. “Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahalia Jackson combined their respective vocal gifts to form an unshakeable ribbon of faith.” A visual representation of that faith, a series of banners with directions (e.g., “This way to freedom”) creates a frame for each illustration, while words from both King and singer Jackson provide context for the uplifting text. Author and illustrator notes and discography are appended. Timeline. Reading list.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Civil Rights; African Americans; Jackson, Mahalia; King, Martin Luther, Jr.; Singers; Women—Singers; Women—African Americans

From the January 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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