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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON by Frances E. Ruffin

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

By Frances E. Ruffin (Author) , Stephen Marchesi (Editor)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-448-42421-5
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)