My Uncle Martin's Words for America by Angela Farris Watkins
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference

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In this inspirational story about Martin Luther King Jr.—told from the perspective of his niece Angela Farris Watkins—readers learn how King used his message of love and peace to effectively fight for African Americans’ civil rights.

Focusing on important words and phrases from his speeches, such as justice, freedom, and equality, Watkins uses King’s language to expose young readers to important events during the civil rights era. The simple yet striking text, along with a timeline and glossary, makes this book an accessible tool for helping a young audience learn about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence and his contributions to American history.

 

About Angela Farris Watkins

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Angela Farris Watkins, PhD, is Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece. An associate professor of psychology at Spelman College, she lives in Atlanta. Eric Velasquez illustrated My Friend Maya Loves to Dance and received the Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe Award. He lives in Hartsdale, New York.
 
Published September 1, 2011 by Harry N. Abrams. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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

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Following My Uncle Martin's Big Heart (2010), this effort focuses more on King's work to end segregation than his life as a family man.

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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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“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.”.

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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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