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Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is...?)

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 27th 2007 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Zainab Mansoor
Feb 27, 2015 Zainab Mansoor rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best non fiction books I have ever read! I NEVER EVER read non fiction books, but since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was here, I decided to read about him and get to know who this great man was. This book was an excellent biography on Martin Luther King Jr. as it explained many sophisticated ideas and views in such a simple manner that kids of all ages could understand it. I was prepared to be loaded with chapters of information about this man, and I was ready for all the confu ...more
Pashew Majeed
Jan 22, 2015 Pashew Majeed rated it it was amazing
A beautiful children book, filled with content and insightful story (as it is always insightful to read about this great man). Yet, I found a type of misinformation in the very first page of chapter 10, where it is stated that Black Panther Party were followers of Malcolm X, which I find not to be true for the fact that the founder of the party mentioned in his autobiography that Malcolm X actually had a huge influence on the philosophy of the party, which means that it was them holding to an id ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Wade rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This book was a great follow-up to Who Was Rosa Parks? , we learned more about a lot of the new words we read there; segregation, nonviolence, equality, protest, etc.

We were surprised to find out that when Martin was born his given name was Michael King.

Martin was impressed by the teachings of Gandhi, and when he visited India he saw first-hand the power and effectiveness of peaceful protest. Even though it is difficult, he understood how important it was to not fight back when you are treate
Haley Hardwick
May 09, 2015 Haley Hardwick rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this book! It has amazing illustrations and an great insight into the man that Martin Luther King Jr. was and it shares that is a way that young students can understand. I think that is what makes this book special, it takes a great historical figure who has done amazing things for equality, and translates it in a way that young people can understand.

Purpose/Use in Classroom: This book would be a great read aloud for students in the 2nd-3rd grades. It would b
Brandy Reed
Dec 01, 2014 Brandy Reed rated it really liked it
When children are younger sometimes they aren’t always exposed to historical figures. It is important however for young kids to learn about people who have impacted history and what they have accomplished. A great way for this to occur is to have children read biographies. There are authors who have written books about famous people and what they have done. In the biography “Who was Martin Luther King” by Jess Brailer, Martin Luther King's life is explored. There are funny and interesting facts ...more
Alexandria Stephens
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr is a biography about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. The book begins with him growing up in Georgia in a small home which he shared with his family. The book speaks about the impact that Dr. King had on the Civil Rights Movement and how his courage helped end segregation. The book journey through his life up until his untimely death. The Who Was series can be used in social studies to teach about historical figures. The book contains terms related to the Civil ...more
TRAM School
Jan 26, 2016 TRAM School rated it it was amazing
This book is a biography, which means it is a true story about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is not an autobiography, because he didn't write it himself, because he didn't have enough time to write an autobiography. It was about his wife, his children, dates of his speeches and how he wanted things to be different, equal between black people and white people in the United States. I think things are different now, because of him, but there is still injustice and because of him we kno ...more
Liz W
May 22, 2014 Liz W rated it really liked it
I really admire Dr. King. I think it was AMAZING how he protested in a nonviolent way and won. I think he is a really good role model for anyone. I have learned a little bit about him but now i know a lot more. For example, I did not know he was a minister. I thought that was pretty cool! I still cannot believe he got thrown in jail several times! I was really bummed out when i learned that he was just outside on a balcony getting some air on a nice day when he was shot. It was very sad. I think ...more
Cole Sawickis
The book "Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.?" was a very interesting, and informing book. The book explains some of the important people of that time period, and how they worked toward, or against segregation movements. I would recommend this book for anyone who needs to do a report on Martin Luther King Jr. Or anyone who wanted to learn more about him. This book was loaded with facts and pictures showing what life was like back then. The book is short but filled with facts so make sure you read it ...more
I think this book was very interesting and entertaining, I liked this book for those reasons. This book is about the struggles and peaceful protests of Martin Luther King JR., it also showed parts of Martin's childhood to show why he wanted to end segregation. My favorite part is when the police started getting violent, but Martin ordered the protesters to remain peaceful, even in the worst conditions they did not fight back to the police. I recommend this book to people who like to learn about ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Kale rated it really liked it
Shelves: wjhs, genre, topic, non-fiction
"Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr." is a very good book,I liked this book because Martin never gave up on his dream. Another reason I liked this book because his "dream" really inspired me. The main idea of this book was Martin Luther King Jr. never gave up on his dream of peace. My favorite part of this book was when he created a boycott for the public buses, he told his group that if they get some kind of transportation other than the bus that they will let them sit wherever they want. One other ...more
Hanna Mammo
Apr 08, 2014 Hanna Mammo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents/teacher/children (pre-k to 3rd)
Who was Martin Luther King??? You definitely won't be asking that question after your have read this book. It describes in detail who he was, where he came from, and what he stood for. This book includes all the major events Martin Luther King did for this country and how he forever changed society. This is another great book to incorporate when merging social studies and ELA. I would use this book in many ways in the classroom like as an example of a great written informative text, or in teachi ...more
Mayumi Inoko
Apr 29, 2013 Mayumi Inoko rated it really liked it
1.-Penguin; Who was...?; RL:3.0
2.-Time: 4/28=71min. 4/30=46min.
3.-7 words summary ; minister - White - Colored - segregation - Gandhi - march - dream
4.-Have you ever been to a church? How was that?
Actually, I have not been there so I want to know what has been doing. However I have been to some temples. I folded my legs under myself for a long time and listen to a Buddhist holy text.
It was hard experience for younger myself sitting like that but holding a memorial service for ancestors is signi
Haruna Saka
Nov 05, 2012 Haruna Saka rated it it was amazing
-Grosset & Dunlop, level3.0
-7words summary:black-south-segregation-nonviolence-arrested-dream-speech
-Discussion Questions
1.If you were discriminated because of segregation, what would you do? Like Jr, could you fight with white people with nonviolence?
A.To be honest, I couldn't decide it. But, in order to live in the world, I would fight with people who want to get the human right together.
2.If you were one of the white people(I mean you weren't discrim
Dec 04, 2013 Christian rated it really liked it
Martin Luther King was really good person who changed the civil rights of New York. He was marching at all over the world with black people and convincing them to help him out by changing civil rights or called the Jim Crow laws in the past. When Martin was a kid The Jim Crow laws bothered him a lot. Martin thought that these laws were unfair and they he had to change it. As a grown man Martin was sent to jail a lot of times because of the Marching around the world. This didn't stop Martin no ma ...more
Ayumu Sasaki
Dec 17, 2012 Ayumu Sasaki rated it it was amazing
Publisher, Series, Level: Grosset & Dunlap, Who was...?, 3.0
Time: 90min.
7 word summary: black - brilliant - minister - gandhi - protest - movement - John F. Kennedy
Discussion Question
1). Martin entered a university in North, then he experienced better life in north. However, he faced the question whether he STAYED or WENT BACK though there was a worse place and there were a lot of problems he had to solve.
Which do you choose a better place to have priority over own life or a worse place to
The Who Was/Is...? series continues to impress me with their accessible and informative biographies.

After recently reading multiple books about Martin Luther King, Jr., I never realized how much he fought against hate and injustice through love and nonviolence. That's quite a feat and very admirable.

With the current chaos that's happening, I also see how valuable it is to look into the past of how change can be done successfully. His actions and his words are inspiring but we are still very far
Conner Lewis
Jan 05, 2016 Conner Lewis rated it it was ok
Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.? by Bonnie Bader: Who do you think Martin Luther King, Jr. was? He was a fantastic civil rights leader who believed segregation was wrong. He led in many marches and never gave up! When Martin was little, his father took him in to a store to buy him some new shoes, even though the store was empty the white store owner made them sit in the back. Living in the south was very hard for blacks, back then they were treated horribly and always had to wait for the whites t ...more
Yuka Honda
Dec 16, 2012 Yuka Honda rated it really liked it
Title-Who Was Martin Luther King,Jr.?
7words-black,discrimination,civil right,speech,equal,leader,peaceful
Discussion Question-
1. Q. Even if white people discriminated against black people, he told his son not to hate them as a Christian to love everyone. How do you feel?
A. If I'm a black people, I will be angry and hate white people, so I think he was a wonderful people.
2. He said to many listers "I have a dream." in his speech. What do you have a dream?
Q. I have a d
Parker Cox
Feb 23, 2015 Parker Cox rated it really liked it
I thought this book was alright. It was inspirational about the civil rights movement. This book told about how martin wanted to have every person be equal. Martin got thrown in jail many times but with all other blacks standing up for him he got bailed out. This book had lots of conflict between blacks and whites. This book was also a little violent. I liked this book but it wasn't my favorite.
Jan 15, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: fourth-grade
8th read aloud of 2014-2015. First in the nonfiction genre. I really like these 'Who Was/What Was...?' books for fourth graders. This was a great introduction in the Civil Rights movement. My only complaint about this particular book was that all of the pictures were sketch drawings. I thought it would have been much more powerful for kids to see actual pictures.
Gavin Buersken
Mar 09, 2015 Gavin Buersken rated it really liked it
It was a biography of Martin Luther king Jr. They told about his life and what he did. I liked how they told about his life so it wasn't boring. They had many thing that were not just about his life like marches and it had facts about civil rights movement. They told me new things about his death that I didn't know before. I liked that even though it was a short book it had many interesting facts. The book would be great for people who want to know more about him.
Alexa Hennessey
Dec 06, 2011 Alexa Hennessey rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and think its a great children's book. It is easy for children to be able to read and understand this story. This is something I think is essential for children to know and be able to understand about history. I like that the illustrations were in black and white because then it didn't take too much away from the story. I would recommend this book to kids around age 10.
This is the story of Martin Luther King Jr, his life and contribution to the world. It is a story that ever
Vianni Richards
Who was Martin Luther King Jr.? was a great book about a man who shared a great part in the civil rights movement. Big recommendation for history learners... and for anyone who wants to learn about a really brave man.
Dec 10, 2015 Kassandra rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this series! I love everything about these "Who was" books. The first book I read from this series was "Who was Harriet Tubman?" And it ignited a love for history books and also historical fiction. Martin Luther King Jr., is someone I truly admire because of his civil rights contributions and also because of his faith. This book brings up his faith in way that respects it and also incorporates into the life of young Martin and as a minister. It's brings up issues on slavery, d ...more
Agnes Budianto
Aug 13, 2015 Agnes Budianto rated it really liked it
Shelves: pinjeman
Because I was born in Indonesia, I have only heard Martin Luther King. Jr. for a couple of times and reading this book I have seen directly what he did in order to make the world fair between the blacks and whites.
Jan 25, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
This is the first book we've read in the Who Was/Is...? series of biographies for children. The books are written by many different authors and I had no idea how many of them there were out there.

Overall this was a fairly comprehensive book about the life of Dr. King. The narrative is lengthy and we read the book over several days. There are a few black and white illustrations scattered throughout the book and there are also a few separate blurbs about other people and topics that pertain to pa
Leandro Vicente
Jun 01, 2015 Leandro Vicente rated it it was amazing
It presents a brief and clear narrative of the main King's life events. Excelente for those who are not advanced in reading books in English, the vocabulary is simple.
Timothy Gan
Nov 20, 2014 Timothy Gan rated it really liked it
A serious racial discrimination happened long time years ago in U.S. Martin was standing for the equal right. Great novel. Thumb up!
Nov 29, 2015 Vega_girl rated it it was amazing
Very informative and I loved all the additional tie ins of history surrounding events!
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