I HAVE A DREAM by Kadir Nelson
Best of 2012
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I HAVE A DREAM

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Age Range: 5 - 18

KIRKUS REVIEW

An award-winning artist captures the passion and purpose of this most notable 20th-century American speech in beautifully realized oil paintings.

Nelson begins with the concluding paragraphs spoken on August 28th, 1963, with the Lincoln Memorial standing vigil over the massed assemblage. Dr. King’s opening paragraphs, with their urgent and specific references to America’s broken promises, slavery, discrimination and injustice, along with an acknowledgement of a “marvelous new militancy” are not often quoted; they are specific to the time. The words of his “dream,” in contrast, are universal, timeless and still needed. Dr. King evoked Scripture, an American hymn and an African-American spiritual in his sermon. Nelson mirrors that religiosity in his paneled montage of American mountains rising high from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Mississippi and California. His stately portraits of adults and children stand out against white and blue backgrounds as they march, listen and hold hands. A glorious double-spread likeness of Dr. King against a black background imparts both majesty and sorrow. And how perfect that white doves, symbols of hope and faith, soar at the conclusion. The entire speech is reproduced in print and on a CD (not heard).

A title for remembrance and for re-dedication to the dream, published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. (Informational picture book. 5 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-375-85887-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2012




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