A Place to Land: Martin Luther King and the Speech that Inspired a Nation

True story of Dr. King’s speech – a collector’s item



This is a collector’s item – a gem!

“The true story behind the writing of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech [told in picture book format].
Much has been written about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. But there’s little on his legendary speech and how he came to write it. Find out more in this gripping book with illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney.

Selected for the Texas Bluebonnet Master List
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Martin Luther King Jr. was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. “It’s terrible to be circling up there without a place to land.”

Finding this place to land was what Martin Luther King Jr. struggled with alongside advisors and fellow speech writers in the Willard Hotel the night before the March on Washington where he gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. But those famous words were never intended to be heard on that day not even written down for that day not even once.

Barry Wittenstein teams up with legendary illustrator Jerry Pinkney to tell the story of how against all odds Martin found his place to land.” – publisher
Ages 7-10
48 pages


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