Martin & Mahalia

Martin & Mahalia

His Words, Her Song

Book - 2013
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They were each born with the gift of gospel.

Martin's voice kept people in their seats, but also sent their praises soaring.
Mahalia's voice was brass-and-butter - strong and smooth at the same time.

With Martin's sermons and Mahalia's songs, folks were free to shout, to sing their joy.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever. Told through Andrea Davis Pinkney's poetic prose and Brian Pinkney's evocative illustration, the stories of these two powerful voices and lives are told side-by-side -- as they would one day walk -- following the journey from their youth to a culmination at this historical event when they united as one and inspiring kids to find their own voices and speak up for what is right.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2013.
ISBN: 9780316070133
Branch Call Number: J 323.092 KIN PIN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,illustrations (chiefly color).
Additional Contributors: Pinkney, J. Brian
Alternative Title: Martin and Mahalia


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BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
There's more than one way to make a difference. Spoken-word style prose evokes the lives of these two greats side-by-side. From their childhoods to the historic March on Washington, Pinkney's expressive art conveys the feeling of the times.

ChristchurchLib Oct 22, 2013

Strong rhythms and bold colours capture the powerful voices of two American civil rights leaders in this picture book biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and singer Mahalia Jackson. Gospel music-infused language keeps things lively during the parallel stories of their lives and work, and the illustrations (cool blues for Martin and warm reds for Mahalia) keep their stories separate - until Martin and Mahalia meet, and their voices (as well as the illustrations) combine in a swirl of perfect, purple harmony.

Picture books newsletter October 2013

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