In December when I visited Montgomery, Alabama, my lovely hostess (and fellow writer) Doris Jean Peak showed me the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church where Martin Luther King pastored from 1954 – 1960.
King's quest for Civil Rights was grounded in this place.
When I think back to that day in 1968 when King was assassinated and also to the year that my public high school was racially integrated I can see that many changes have occurred in our society. But there are moments when I realize that I still live a segregated life. After all, I do work from my home in rural North Carolina. (Lots of solitude going on here!)
I try to counteract this a bit by participating in the Sojourner Truth Book Club at the Ridgeview branch of our city library system. The club focuses on diversity and the books we read always reflect a culture that differs from white anglo-saxon America. It’s a small attempt for me to see the world from a different perspective.
This book is not on our book club's list.
Not yet anyway. But I may suggest that we read it. I discovered it today via Elizabeth Bird’s blog and, based on her review, (and the author's previous work) I can’t wait to see it up close and personal.
Do visit Kadir Nelson's website. Books he's illustrated are winning a boatload of prestigious awards which he does not even brag about on his site. They include Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King awards. Follow the links to his books – and tell me Martin Luther King wouldn't be proud.
And a year from now - when they're giving out more shiny seals to stick on fabulous books - be watching for Kadir Nelson's name!