Martin Luther King, Jr.: Fighting for Civil Rights (Trailblazers)

by Christine Platt (Author)

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Fighting for Civil Rights (Trailblazers)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Trailblazers

Bring history home and meet some of the world's greatest game changers! Get inspired by the true story of the civil rights leader whose peaceful fight for justice still motivates people today. This biography series is for kids who loved Who Was? and are ready for the next level.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to more than 250,000 people in Washington, DC about his dream of racial equality. His message of peaceful protest inspired a generation to stand up for their rights. Find out how a boy who was not allowed to go to school or the movies with white people blazed a trail in civil rights.

Trailblazers is a biography series that celebrates the lives of amazing pioneers, past and present, from all over the world. Get inspired by more Trailblazers: Neil Armstrong, Jackie Robinson, Jane Goodall, Harriet Tubman, Albert Einstein, Beyoncé, and Simone Biles. What kind of trail will you blaze?

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Christine Platt
Christine Platt is an author and advocate who believes storytelling is a tool for social change. She holds a BA in Africana studies, an MA in African American studies, and a JD in general law. Currently serving as communications director for the award-winning Clara Lionel Foundation, founded in 2012 by Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty, Christine Platt is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, the Women's Council on Energy & the Environment, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Association of Black Women Historians, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She also serves as an ambassador for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Although her only daughter is now in college, Christine Platt continues to draw on their adventures together as an inspiration for her stories. She has written more than thirty books for young readers and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Alea Marley is an award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including Phoebe Dupree Is Coming to Tea! by Linda Ashman. She loves creating whimsical scenes that are filled with patterns, texture, and bursts of color. Alea Marley lives in northern England.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
December 08, 2020
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF007110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
JNF025210 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/20th Century
Library of Congress categories

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