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My Uncle Martin's Words for America: Martin Luther King JR.'s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference

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In this inspirational story about Martin Luther King Jr.and#8212;told from the perspective of his niece Angela Farris Watkinsand#8212;readers learn how King used his message of love and peace to effectively fight for African Americansand#8217; civil rights.

Focusing on important words and phrases from his speeches, such as justice, freedom, and equality, Watkins uses Kingand#8217;s language to expose young readers to important events during the civil rights era. The simple yet striking text, along with a timeline and glossary, makes this book an accessible tool for helping a young audience learn about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.and#8217;s message of nonviolence and his contributions to American history.

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"This companion to My Uncle Martin's Big Heart offers a more encompassing look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and accomplishments than the earlier, more personal book, which was drawn largely from Watkins's memories of her uncle. Focusing on King's public persona, Watkins (seen as an elementary school — aged girl in the opening spread) explains how her uncle 'used the power of words to help make America better.' Her language is direct yet lyrical, though at times verges on oversimplification ('Uncle Martin believed that the solution to changing Jim Crow laws was love'). The words Watkins highlights match tenets of King's philosophy — nonviolence, justice, freedom, equality, brotherhood — and tie into benchmark events in King's civil rights crusade, among them the Montgomery bus boycott, the Selma to Montgomery march, his 'I Have a Dream' speech, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. With each word she introduces, Watkins emphasizes that when King spoke that word, 'people listened, and things changed!' Velasquez's rich portraits of King and his contemporaries capture the tensions of the era as well as King's passion, compassion, and efficacy. Ages 5 — 9. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Angela Farris Watkins is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She is an associate professor of psychology at Spelman College and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Eric Velasquez is the illustrator of My Friend Maya Loves to Dance and The Other Mozart and a recipient of the Coretta Scott Kingand#8211;John Steptoe Award. He lives in Hartsdale, New York.

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chorne, January 9, 2012 (view all comments by chorne)
Do you know off hand who challenged racial prejudice in the United States with a famous speech saying, "I have a dream!"? If you answered Martin Luther King Jr., go to the head of the class. King was a minister and a civil rights leader who marched, protested, made speeches, and wrote books to help change the laws in America so that all people had equal rights. However, he was also a family man. In this debut picture book, one of his nieces, Angela Farris Watkins, daughter of King's sister Christine Farris, introduces children to her uncle. The author, her brother, and her five cousins who were children of King's brother gave King the family nickname of "Uncle M. L.," but out in public they usually just called him "Uncle Martin."
Angela was only about four when her uncle was killed, but she remembers that while he had to be gone a lot, he enjoyed spending time with his family when he was home and sent telegrams when he was away. She also recalls his frequent visits to her family's house, including one in which he fell asleep on their couch with his shoes on--something she was never allowed to do! And she has fond recollections of his keen sense of humor and contagious laughter. But her most special memories are the times in church when she would come out of Sunday school and her uncle would be standing in line to greet people, but she would run to him and he would step aside to pick her up and give her a big hug and kiss.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781419700224
Author:
Watkins, Angela Farris
Publisher:
Abrams Books for Young Readers
Author:
Velasquez, Eric
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 pages of full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.88 x 9 in
Age Level:
from 5 up to 9

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This companion to My Uncle Martin's Big Heart offers a more encompassing look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and accomplishments than the earlier, more personal book, which was drawn largely from Watkins's memories of her uncle. Focusing on King's public persona, Watkins (seen as an elementary school — aged girl in the opening spread) explains how her uncle 'used the power of words to help make America better.' Her language is direct yet lyrical, though at times verges on oversimplification ('Uncle Martin believed that the solution to changing Jim Crow laws was love'). The words Watkins highlights match tenets of King's philosophy — nonviolence, justice, freedom, equality, brotherhood — and tie into benchmark events in King's civil rights crusade, among them the Montgomery bus boycott, the Selma to Montgomery march, his 'I Have a Dream' speech, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. With each word she introduces, Watkins emphasizes that when King spoke that word, 'people listened, and things changed!' Velasquez's rich portraits of King and his contemporaries capture the tensions of the era as well as King's passion, compassion, and efficacy. Ages 5 — 9. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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