If we know nothing else of him, we all know the name Martin Luther King, Jr. for his famous “I have a dream” speech. Before reading this biography of him, I knew little else, save that he was a pillar of the Civil Rights movement in the 50s-60s. But who was he? What shaped him? What drove him?
Marching to Freedom answers these questions in a basic, easy-to-read style that is appropriate for young children and helpful through all ages.
Early on in the book, Martin thinks what a dumb idea it is to love your enemies. He also doubts his salvation, and questions religion. Later, Martin decides to become a Baptist minister and practices loving his enemies. Martin’s beliefs and marches are discussed.
One of the reasons given for Martin’s nervousness during his first sermon is that his old girl friends were there. Martin dating particular girls is also mentioned several times.
We learn that one woman commits suicide, one girl and a boy were beaten up by several men.
A person calls Martin a ‘darkie’. Another man ‘curses’ at a woman, but only dashes (not words) are given.
Conclusion. Good, if you approve of or are interested in a basic study of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret