My Brother Martin
by: Christine King Farris
So, this book is about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. And his older sister tells about growing up with him and what happens in the book is long before he became a world-famous dreamer Martin Luther King Jr. Was a little boy the played pranks, and practiced the piano and made friends without considering race. But growing up in the segregated south of the 1930's taught young Martin a bitter lesson. Little white children and little black children were not to play with one another. So Martin decided then and there that something had to be done. So he began the journey that would change the course of American history.
part of Martin Luther Kings "I have a dream" speech.
"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light to hopes of millions of Negro slaves who have been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negri is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negri lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negri is still languishing in the corners of American society an finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appealing condition.
Story about "the speech"
Did you know Martin Luther King didn't plan to tell his famous "I have a dream speech he was up in front of the Lincoln memorial about to tell his speech when he hears, gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson said "tell 'em about your dream, Martin!". How weird that if Mahalia didn't say that that speech wouldn't have been said.
About the author
Christine King Farris (born Willie Christine King born on September 11,1927) is the eldest sibling of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She teaches at Spelman Collage and is the author of several books and a public speaker on various topics including the King Family, multicultural education, and teaching. Professor Farris, for many years,vice chair and treasurer of the King center and
Has been active for several years in the International Reading Association, various church and civic organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.