Meet Martin Luther King, Jr. (Landmark Books)

Meet Martin Luther King, Jr. (Landmark Books)

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 0375803955

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Illus. with black-and-white photos. This revised edition of the popular Random House Step Up(TM) Biography of the great civil-rights leader and advocate for peaceful resistance now includes new text and additional dynamic photos. Reading level: 2.2.

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who live in cities more than any other group. There seems to be less understanding and more fear between the races. Peace and the nonviolent ways that Martin Luther King, Jr., was willing to die for seem further away than ever. But the news turns the spotlight on trouble rather than on quieter changes. It does not show us black and white families, who now live in integrated neighborhoods and apartment buildings. It does not show us black and white workers doing equal jobs and getting equal pay.

written. The speech was called “The Negro and the Constitution.” It sounded good to M. L. But how would it sound to the judges? The judges gave him a prize. Martin and his friends were excited. Mrs. Bradley, their teacher, was very happy. On the way back the bus was filled with people. But the boys found seats at last. Then some white people got on. The bus driver turned around. He told Martin and the other black students to stand up and give their seats to the white people. That was the law.

past the house. A man in the car threw something out. Coretta heard a loud thump on the porch. She thought Someone must have thrown a brick. But she was worried. She grabbed the baby and led her friend to the back of the house. The police arrest King. Just then there was an explosion! It was a bomb! The bomb blew a big hole in the porch. Most of the front windows were broken. But no one was hurt. Someone rushed to tell Martin. The explosion was so loud that it was heard from blocks away.

said. “I really wish I could stay. But I must go back to the valley.… There are people starving in the valley.… There are those who need hope.… And I still have a dream.” 17 Selma and the North Martin Luther King stopped to rest his feet. He was leading 650 people on a long, hard march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, the state capital. For weeks King had been working for fair voting laws in Selma. A young black working with him had been shot by a policeman. King had called on his

workers were paid for a full day’s work. Black workers were paid for only two hours’ work. The black union sent a list of their problems to the mayor of Memphis. He paid no attention to them. The union went on strike. One of the Memphis leaders was the Reverend James Lawson. He was an old friend. The strike leaders wanted to have a march. Lawson asked King for help. He went to Memphis to help garbage collectors fight for equal treatment. He agreed to lead a march. 19 “I’ve Been to the

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