Martin Luther King Jr. by Angela Farris Watkins
A King Family Tribute

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s family comes together for the first time to share their reflections and memories of the great civil rights leader. Included are contributions from his sister (the only surviving member of his immediate family), his children, his in-laws, his nieces and nephews, and even his grandchildren, who, although they never met him, explain what his legacy means to them. Unlike the iconic persona normally associated with the man, the book presents a more personal, warm, and loving portrait: wrestling with his brother on the bed (despite their being in their thirties), sneaking naps during holiday meals, as well as playing games with his nieces and nephews. Alongside these tributes are never-before-published family photos of Dr. King, as well as new photographs of the memorial dedicated to him in August 2011 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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“In this large, handsome photo-essay filled with full-page portraits, family members across generations and a few close friends remember the man they knew as ‘M. L.” The combination of intimacy and politics will drive readers to find out more.”—Booklist

 

About Angela Farris Watkins

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Angela Farris Watkins, PhD, is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She is an associate professor of psychology at Spelman College. Watkins is the author of two children's books about her uncle published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. She lives in Atlanta.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Harry N. Abrams. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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1st, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0022-4 Page count: 40pp ...

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Martin Luther King's niece offers a child's-eye tribute to her famous uncle, whom she remembers as warm and loving, a man with a loud voice who enjoyed a good laugh.

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Watkins, Dr. King’s niece, has assembled their writings and excerpts from their speeches.

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Publishers Weekly

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In her first book for children, Watkins offers an affectionate tribute to King (known to his family as “Uncle M.L.”), emphasizing his love of family and laughter.

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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.

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New York Journal of Books

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“My Uncle Martin’s Words for America not only honors Dr. King’s legacy but also respects the intellect of young children and the imperative to teach them about pivotal events in this nation’s struggle for justice.”Explaining the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and his impact on ...

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