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.