Marching to Freedom by Joyce Milton
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and you know what that means — a day off! 😀 [insert shower of confetti here]
Personally, I’m very happy not to be in the office today. And I’m sure you’re not overly disappointed about a break from school either. I don’t know about you, but I plan to take full advantage of the holiday — which in my case means a huge array of desserts and a marathon of the TV show Chuck.
But before rotting my teeth with sugar and rotting my brain with TV, I decided to spend a little time honoring MLK, since it is his day and all. I have to admit that I don’t do that every year. But I figured, “Hey, maybe I should recommend a book about MLK on Kidsmomo or something…” So I picked up this one: Marching to Freedom: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Joyce Milton. And it’s AWESOME!
But I know reading a biography may not be exactly the way you want to spend your day off, so I’ve done you all a little favor and reproduced my favorite part of the book here, for your reading enjoyment. (You can thank me later.) It’s definitely not light reading, but it’s really interesting — and taught me something I never knew about MLK before! This is a description of a momentous bus ride that King took with his teacher when he was 14 years old: