Made a stop at Barnes and Noble after a doctor’s appointment. Bookstores center their displays around themes to make sales. It was fun to look at the Valentine, winter, and Martin Luther King, Jr book displays. My find was March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World written by Martin’s sister, Christine King Farris. Although the text had a 2008 copyright I had not seen this book before. Martin was just one member of the King family who knew how to use words in a powerful way.
You can sense the love that surrounded the King children in the words of Christine King Farris. All through the book, mother is referred to as Mother Dear. The story gives insight in the making of King’s speech on August 28, 1963. Martin stayed up all night working on the speech because “HIS SPEECH WOULDN’T LET HIM REST.” Some of my other favorite phrases: “On that day, my brother and all those who marched in Washington taught us all about THE POWER OF WORDS, …”, “They were all kinds of folks, looking like patches of color in a great quilt spread over the National Mall in Washington.” and the lyrics to a joyful song: “WOKE UP THIS MORNING WITH MY MIND STAYED ON FREEDOM!…” March On! is a picture book that will deepen understanding of the Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the great March
This book reminds me of the power of words that march on through time and I think of other moments of history where a speaker spoke words that still resonate today. Words are mighty. Not only in moments of history are powerful words spoken but we each have moments in our lives that family and friends have spoken powerful words that we carry within us. Think of your words today and cause change in those around you!
Christine King Farris reading from another of her books about Martin, My Brother Martin. This 83 year old lady is still on staff at Spelman College and has been active for IRA (International Reading Association). I’ve included some sites to investigate. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/archive/200801/20080121_farris.html#video
Again, what journeys we go on by reading a book. March On! began a journey for me today as I investigated some of the events in the lives of the King family.