Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The March on Washington: 50 Years Later

August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  If you'd like to learn more about this historic event, stop by the library to check out these excellent books:

The Who Was--? biography series is a welcome relief for librarians and parents looking for chapter-book length biographies for young readers.  I'm delighted that the series is expanding into historical events, such as the Boston Tea Party, Pearl Harbor, and the March on Washington.  (A Thanksgiving title will be released shortly.)

I Have a Dream

There are several fine picture book editions of Dr. King's famous speech, but the 2012 publication of Kadir Nelson's rendition is quite remarkable.  Not only does it feature Nelson's extraordinary illustrations, but it also includes a recording of the speech in its entirety.

We March

Ideal for young listeners and readers, We March brings the historic march to life in a simple yet very moving manner.

Looking for Internet resources?  The official 50th anniversary site contains information on anniversary events, as well as historical information and stories from people who attended the march. Life Magazine's site includes color photographs of the event.  Smithsonian Magazine features interviews with participants. (You can check out print copies of the magazine at our library locations, or download the digital version through Zinio.)

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