By Carolyn Davis, Senior Page at Central Library.
In 1983, Ronald Reagan designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday in honor of the nonviolent civil rights activist. On Oct. 19th, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work fighting inequality with nonviolence.
As we move forward into a brand new year with many changes, let us not forget everything this great man accomplished. Here are a few books that can help you learn more about who he was and all he did. To check out any of these books, visit your local Onondaga County Public Library, or go to our website to search the catalog.
Who Was Martin Luther King Jr. by Bonnie Bader
Learn all about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, desegregation, and the right to vote for African Americans, along with other civil rights issues.
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David Adler
This author gives a short biography about the minister and civil rights activist. He gives an account of how Dr. King’s way of nonviolence helped many black Americans fighting for equal rights.
I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr.
An illustrated book accompanied by the text of his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”, which he delivered in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Margaret McNamara
The Robin Hill School students in Mrs. Connor’s class share their future dreams as they celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
A book for younger children, the author says the adults reading this to children should make it a softer tone by telling them he died, instead of telling them he was shot and killed. She portrays Dr. King’s life and what he has accomplished. She concludes the book with an explanation of why he is honored with an important day.