Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

Picture Books | July 30, 2013

Contribution byBrian PinkneybyAndrea Davis Pinkney

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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.

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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 ...

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of many acclaimed picture books and young adult novels, and she received a Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor forLet It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. She is a children's book editor at a major publishing company.Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, inclu...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 9.5 × 12.5 × 0.5 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316070130

ISBN - 13:9780316070133

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"Sure to become an indispensable part of annual Black History Month celebrations and library nonfiction collections on important African-Americans."-Kirkus,