Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was?)

by Bonnie Bader (Author) Elizabeth Wolf (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death?from an assassin's bullet?in 1968. With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this Who Was celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.

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Bonnie Bader

Bonnie Bader has written several Penguin Young Readers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Robertson is an artist and illustrator living and working in Cleveland, Ohio.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
January 20, 2008
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
JNF007110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
JNF007080 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Religious
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Civil rights workers
United States
20th century
Civil rights
King, Martin Luther

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