Adelman intimately captures King's background, from his comfortable middle-class upbringing in Atlanta to the dashing figure he cuts with his wife, Coretta, to his steady ascendance as a forceful preacher thrust into prominence during the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56. We cringe at the sight of King being photographed as a criminal and at the horrific treatment many blacks endured by racist Southern police. The triumph of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, which he gave at the 1963 March on Washington, is beautifully detailed, along with his acceptance of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. We also see a weary King, weighed down by assassination attempts, harassment, inner-city riots, and the Vietnam War. Toward the end, King displays an eerie sense of calm in the photos taken just days before his death--particularly in an April 3 photo taken at the Mason Hall in Memphis the night before his murder, where he declared that he'd "been to the mountaintop." King's legacy is lovingly chronicled in this impressive book. --Eugene Holley Jr.
From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-An intimate portrait of the man, the myth, the persuasive preacher, influential civil-rights leader, caring father and husband, writer, and preeminent moral philosopher. Throughout the book, Johnson and Adelman's text and King's own words are combined with black-and-white photographs to illustrate how Dr. King helped transform an era and inspired a generation of young people to work for change. The more than 300 photographs come from the authors' personal files, AP archives, and Life magazine files. This photographic account of King's life is a major addition to the literature not only on the life of the leader but also on the history of the civil rights movement and civil strife in America. A welcome addition to any library.-ayo dayo, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA
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