A straightforward account of the life of the civil rights leader. Beginning with a few pages about the first celebration of the holiday in January, 1986, with church bells ringing, parades, and ""Leaders from all over the world. . .[talking] about peace and justice ""(pictured but not named: Desmond Tutu and Coretta Scott King), this is a brief but serviceable summary of the major events in King's life, with a text only slightly more difficult than the easy-reader format suggests. King's strict but loving family, his early encounters with prejudice and unjust laws, and his dedication to his own education and discovery of Gandhi's ideas are quickly followed by the Montgomery bus boycott, the march on Washington, the Nobel prize and King's death. Lowery concludes with ways to celebrate the memorial day. The soft pencil illustrations, occasionally brightened with color, are reminiscent of news photos. A useful addition to holiday and biography shelves.