Martin & Mahalia: His Words Her Song

MLK Jr. & Mahalia Jackson – voices raised for justice



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)
Author – Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator – Brian Pinkney
Accelerated Reader Level – 3.7
Ages 7-10


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