Martin Luther King by Rosemary L. Bray

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Powerful folk-art paintings and an accessible, fact-filled text add up to a vivid portrait of Martin Luther King and his courageous fight for human rights. Here is a biography that is inspiring both to read and to look at--a book for readers of all ages to treasure. Full-color gouache illustrations.
 

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Malcah Zeldis, illustrator of Martin Luther King, lives in New York City. In Her Own Words..."For many years I secretly wanted to paint and become an artist, but I was afraid to study art because I felt I had no talent. It was only when my children were grown and away from the house and I found myself with time on my hands that I dared to begin to paint without expecting anyone else to like or approve of what I was doing. When I finally showed my work to art critics and connoisseurs, I was amazed by how eagerly it was accepted."After this initial acceptance I began to paint furiously, trying to make up for the lost time when I had been inhibited and unable to work. The images were flowing out of me with incredible speed. Now, some twenty-three years later, my work is in seventeen museum collections, including the Smithsonian, where one painting is on permanent display."Again to my amazement, these last few years my work has taken a new turn as I have been illustrating books for children. I am deeply grateful for this new means of expression I have found. It has enriched and deepened my experience, and I look forward to the continuation of my creative life.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Greenwillow Books. 47 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A fine introduction to the life of King -- lucid, real, captivating.

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Bray starts with King's early years in the American South, his exposure to segregation and racism, his schooling, and family life before detailing his civil rights experiences.

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Bray's able biography recalls key moments from the childhood of Martin Luther King Jr.: she describes the very young Martin's astonishment when a white friend is not allowed to play with him because he is ``colored'';

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