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Follow the inspiring life of Martin Luther King Jr. in a moving, vital, and informative book by an author and an illustrator with close ties to Dr. King's family.Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to helping people, first as a Baptist minister and scholar and later as the foremost leader in the African-American civil rights movement. An organizer of the Montgomery busFollow the inspiring life of Martin Luther King Jr. in a moving, vital, and informative book by an author and an illustrator with close ties to Dr. King's family.Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to helping people, first as a Baptist minister and scholar and later as the foremost leader in the African-American civil rights movement. An organizer of the Montgomery bus boycott and cofounder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. As a result of his actions, the United States Congress passed the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. This book's powerful story and important message, originally published in 1964, remain as relevant today as they were more than fifty years ago. With a new foreword by the author's widow, Xernona Clayton, the text has been reviewed and updated for a new generation and features striking new illustrations by Donald Bermudez....

Title : Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior
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ISBN : 9780763674717
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior Reviews

  • Ginny Kaczmarek
    2019-06-28 13:33

    Appropriate for middle-grade readers, The Peaceful Warrior traces King’s life, work, and death through personalized moments and beautifully painted illustrations. Clayton gently but clearly describes “what it meant to be a black person in the Deep South” during King’s childhood, from “For Whites Only” signs on buses, to policemen who call King’s venerable father “boy,” to a very young King being slapped and called the “hate-filled word” (the book uses the word) by a white woman who thinks he stepped on her foot.Anecdotes about King’s childhood portray him as a precocious kid who makes mistakes, but who learns “to stand up for his rights by talking his way out of trouble.” After graduating from high school at 15, King studies black heroes, such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, as well as Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” Mohandas Gandhi’s nonviolent resistance, and the peaceful teachings of Jesus. A brief bibliography at the end of the book includes resources for further reading.As a minister, Dr. King “was soon speaking out plainly against [racial] injustices.” Talk transformed into action when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycotts. With you-are-there detail, Clayton and Bermudez bring life to the successes of the civil rights movement as it grows, as well as the devastating violence against protesters and families. Readers experience “a time of trouble and terror but a time of triumph, too,” culminating in King’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize.A final chapter describes King’s assassination with mournful eloquence, “the famed, prophetic speaker was now speechless.” King’s funeral is portrayed as a final bringing-together of diverse people, this time in grief: “dignitaries and plain people were streaming into the city by the thousands.” The afterword highlights the federal holiday established in 1983 to honor Dr. King, the music and lyrics for the song “We Shall Overcome,” and a bibliography.King’s work to improve life for all Americans is as relevant today as it was when The Peaceful Warrior was originally published. Highly recommended as a precursor to or companion with John Lewis’s March.

  • Ronnie
    2019-06-24 15:15

    When he was a young man Martin Luther King wanted a career helping people. He felt that as minister he could speak out against Racial injustice. Following the example of the Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi Dr. King chose nonviolence as the keystone of his height for civil rights. Dr king became a leader of the civil rights movement. In 1955 he helped to organize the famous Montgomery Alabama bus boycott. Freedom rides sit-ins and protest marches, stengthened the battle against discrimination. As a result of these in 1964 the united StatesI thought this book was good to read back on my history. I learned something new about Martin Luther King that his dad owned his a shoe shop.I think the author, ED CLAYTON, was good about writing this book becuse reading this open my eyes on reality how our ansertors struggled an faught for equal rights.

  • Jason Stanley
    2019-07-24 11:15

    Ed Clayton may have been one of the first biographers of the minister. A speechwriter for Dr. King, Clayton was given permission to write a biography of the activist for children. At the time, it was unprecedented access. No other writer would have this opportunity. His book, The Peaceful Warrior, was originally published in 1964 and is ideal for children in third to seventh grades.When it was first published, King was considered “one of the more controversial characters on the current scene,” (according to Kirkus.) Yet, Clayton’s classic children’s book avoids controversy and allows the story of King’s life to speak for itself.Dr. King is introduced to the reader as a child who did not understand why things were the way they were, asking lots of questions. Also, a boy who allowed himself to wonder about a country where no one was judged based on the color of their skin.Read more at

  • Mdmaurer
    2019-07-07 18:36

    This book was written for beginner chapter book readers. The author not only shared about Martin Luthur King, Jr, but where his family started and what they did before. I believe we see a better picture of a person when we know their family history and how they were raised. This book gives the full story of who Dr. King was and why he is such an important person in the history of the US.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-23 13:19

    This was lovely. A compelling, moving account of Martin Luther King Jr's life. There is a nice emphasis on Martin Luther King Sr. too. It's easy to follow and very engaging. It's touching and a very compassionate account. I think it could sustain the attention of most children. And there are some lovely illustrations as well.Would be an excellent read for 4th-7th graders perhaps.

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-07-16 16:23

    This was an advanced read proof copy of an idealized version of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for young people. The finished product promises color artwork and a copy of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech. This was a free review copy obtained through It was easy to read but much factual information about Dr. King was left out so read other works about the reverend.

  • Celeste
    2019-07-07 18:12

    This is a well done chapter book that summarizes King's life. Interesting illustrations and the main facts were discussed. Good for younger readers. Also reviewed on kiss the book.

  • Rachel Parrott
    2019-06-28 16:11

    Clayton has provided a good biography of Martin Luther King, Jr for grade school children. Good for a good early chapter book reader.My copy was a gift through Goodread First Reads.

  • Holly
    2019-07-01 19:31

    Martin Luther King : The Peaceful Warrior is the story of the great Martin Luther King Jr. Being the son of a shoe shop owner, Martin had a dream of being something that would help people but he would never imagine what that would lead him to. It was in college that Martin found his calling of being a preacher, fighting against the injustices that black people were going through. He became the new leader of the Civil Rights movement in the South but everything came at a cost for Martin. It all came to an end on a dark April 4th night in 1968 but his dream didn't die with him, it continues with his family and friends who push forward with his dreams!I have always admired Martin Luther King, JR. for what he was trying to accomplish in a non-violent way. This is a great starting book for young kids to want to learn more about this heroic man and what he tried to do in his short life. It's books like this one that will make anyone want to go read or watch a show about the person which is a great thing to do! I have always wondered what Martin Luther King, JR. would have done if he have survived that awful night and what the world would be like now for it. Thank You to Ed Clayton for writing this great children's book about a true American Hero!!I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!

  • Justin
    2019-07-01 11:33

    This was a book for grade school to junior school level. That is ok as it was a good place for me to start reading about one of the most influenical people in the world. Knowledge is power and ignorance is no excuse. So this book helped me glean info on the King and had a good biblo for future books of him and former slaves.

  • Elaine Cougler
    2019-07-17 13:34

    This book by Ed Clayton is a short biography of the late Dr. King, inspiring in its brevity and tale of courage. A good source for students to read as background material to the "I Have a Dream" speech so well known in our world.

  • Karen Kenney
    2019-07-23 16:24

    A good one day read on MLK Day. Meant for children but good for everyone.

  • Johanna Castaneda
    2019-07-17 16:26

    I love this book. so much history and very well worded. so much imagery was forming in my head when i was reading this book. i could not put it down. I LOVED IT!!!!!!

  • Skp
    2019-07-12 16:26

    I have just began to read this book.It is okay so far