“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day where we can remember and honour the American civil rights activist who changed history. We have lots of books on this social pioneer, so if you want to learn more, here are a few to start with:
With pictures and easy-to-read text, this book helps introduce the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to young readers.
This book captures the great leader’s legacy of powerful words and peaceful protests and blends his life into an age-appropriate story of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
Focusing on In 1963, the Civil Rights movement was falling apart. After a series of setbacks across the south, the movement was losing direction and momentum. No southern city was more divided than Birmingham, Alabama, home of the infamous Bull Connor. Dr. Martin Luther King conceived an ingenious plan: fill the Birmingham jails by arranging a series of public protests at which participants would be arrested as a result of their nonviolent action, paralyzing the city and drawing national and world attention to the horrors and injustices of segregation. But the stakes were too high for much adult participation in the movement. Instead, against Dr. King’s better judgment, young people led the protests.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white man. This refusal to give up her dignity sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle, and a major victory in the civil rights movement.
These inspiring titles, and others, are available in the Children’s Department.