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A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Beautiful art adds to deep tale of "I Have a Dream" speech.

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This beautiful, unusual picture book zeroes in on Martin Luther King Jr.'s writing process and how the words he hadn't written down became the most memorable part of his most famous speech. Author Barry Wittenstein turns the historical record into spare, poetic text in A Place to Land. And Jerry Pinkney's moody, emotional illustrations and mixed-media collages make that history come alive. He also shows how the stuggle continued, in King's time and our own, with the final page having portraits of Rep. Shirley Chisolm, Rep. John Lewis, and President Barack Obama. The final lines of the text are: "Martin stepped up to the lecturn, and stepped down on the other side of history."

Back matter includes an author's note, artist's note, and one-paragraph profiles of King's nine advisors that give readers more valuable historical information and context.

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