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Book Review: Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport contains a brief synopsis of Dr. King’s life and major achievements together with full color pictures of major milestones like the boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama bus lines and the famous marches throughout the Deep South.

Martin’s mother told him “You are as good as anyone.” In church, Martin sang hymns, read from the bible and listened to his father preach. He studied the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, and learned how the Indian nation won freedom without ever firing a shot.

Rappaport documents how Martin grew up and became a minister just like his father. Martin believed that people should live together instead of separate. Martin participated in the historic 381 day walk in Montgomery, Alabama to achieve the right for people of color to sit anywhere they wanted on the bus. For the next decade, African Americans all through the South protested for equal rights. Martin said: Remember, if I am stopped, this movement will not be stopped, because God is with this movement.”

Full color pictures in the book trace snapshots of a decade of protests resulting  in lawmakers voting to end the segregation. The “white only” signs came down throughout the Deep South. In 1964,  Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize since he  taught others to fight with words and not with fists. Dr. King’s birthday was celebrated as a national holiday for the first time on January 15, 1986.

Martin’s Big Words is well written and illustrated in full color throughout.  Rappaport documents key dates in the continuing struggle of the Civil Rights Movement. Important research books are listed at the end of the book along with ways to utilize search engines to obtain more information about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.