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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Martin Rising ... Review and Friday Quotes

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City ReaderShare the opening quote from the book.
e Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's VoiceFind a quote from page 56.

Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest, or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading. This is the book I'm reading right now---

Title: Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Book Beginning:

January 15, 1929
Baby boy born,
eyes sparkling.
Came into this "Jim Crow" world
brought daylight to
this unfair world,
this legal-to-cheat blacks world,
with God-given gifts:
big voice,
sharp mind,
sparkling-eyed vision
that could see something special
in tomorrow's promise.

Friday 56:

March 29, 1968
Dozens of guardsmen
with bayonets
have been beckoned
to keep at bay
the remaining
who are hard-pressed
to lay down
the last-gasp
of their dignity,
Still they march,

Comments/Review: This beautifully illustrated poetry book is a requiem for Martin Luther King, Jr. The poems cover the Sanitation Workers Strike in Memphis, Tennessee in March and April 1968. This was the last strike/march that King participated in because his life was cut short by an assassin on April 4th as he was stepping out of the Lorraine Motel on his way to get some supper. In the days leading up to his death he seemed to have a premonition that his life-line was short. On April 3rd he made a speech to assembled striking sanitation workers and others. His words we so prescient:

"And I've looked over;
and I've seen the promised land.
"I may not get there with you,
"But I want you to know tonight,
that we,
as a people,
will get to the promised land.
"I'm not fearing any man,
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."

Just days after his assassination, Coretta Scott King, Martin's grieving widow, finished what her husband had started and led the I AM A MAN march with the striking sanitation workers. By the next week the strike was settled and the men returned to work with better conditions and pay guaranteed to them.

Brian Pinkney illustrated the book with lovely watercolor paintings that give shape and color to the rainy weather, the mass of humans on strike, and the dignity of a people.

Andrea Davis Pinkney wrote the poems of a cherished leader's final days. They also speak of a time in history when African Americans faced a very uncertain future. She called her narrative form docu-poems. Many of them caught me unprepared and I found myself weeping over several of them.

The book contains a timeline of King's last month and a timeline of his life. It also contains photos taken of the sanitation strike, including one showing Coretta Scott King marching with them and her children just days after King's death.

I highly recommend this book. It looks like a children's book, but it is really an everybody book. In fact, I think the poems are really geared towards teens and adults.


  1. I haven't heard of this one before but it looks interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.

  2. New to me, too, but a very interesting and quite different find! Glad you enjoyed it, Anne!

    Here's my featured book for this week: http://bit.ly/CherylButlerFF

    Happy weekend! ;)

  3. I don't read much poetry but I'm intrigued by this one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This sounds like a wonderful version of MLK's life. I have enjoyed other works by this author and illustrator. I'm featuring Falling Star by Terri Osburn - a romance from my review stack - this week. Happy reading!

  5. Those were awesome and emotional times! I still tear up when I hear excerpts of recorded speeches...or when I read these words.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  6. I don't read poetry, but very interesting.

    Thanks for sharing and for coming by my blog.

  7. This looks really moving. Great pick. Enjoy your weekend!

  8. This sounds like a great one. Thanks for sharing! Have an awesome weekend! :)

  9. I'm not American, but his speech and words have always been powerful enough to resonate in me too. They should resonate in every man, regardless of where he/she is from.
    I like that the author chose MLK jr to be his muse, but I don't think I'd appreciate a read in prose about him. I hope you love it though.
    Happy weekend!
    Happy weekend!

  10. I like the sound of this book, and loved the poetry excerpts you shared. Your description of the illustrations in this one have me especially interested in checking this one out.

  11. Lovely poetry and wonderful excerpts of such an important time. Thanks for sharing.

    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

  12. This one is new to me. I love poetry and Marting Luther King Jr. was an interesting historical figure. I'd enjoy this book I think.

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  13. This sounds incredibly moving and powerful. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. I don't know how I've missed this one. Thanks for sharing, Anne. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me


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